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Better Research Basics, One Sentence at a Time. March 11, 2013 By: Barbara Barney Nelson, PhD and Scarlet Clouse in Effective Teaching Strategies Breathes there a professor of any subject with soul so dead who never to himself hath said, “Today’s undergraduates are hopeless at research!”

Better Research Basics, One Sentence at a Time

(apologies to Sir Walter Scott). It is easy to blame high schools or freshman English classes, but that doesn’t fix our problem. As a frustrated educator of future teachers (Clouse) and a 20-year veteran of teaching college writing and research (Nelson), we obviously sympathize and often feel blamed. Better Posters. Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington. A large-format poster is a big piece of paper or wall-mounted monitor featuring a short title, an introduction to your burning question, an overview of your novel experimental approach, your amazing results in graphical form, some insightful discussion of aforementioned results, a listing of previously published articles that are important to your research, and some brief acknowledgement of the tremendous assistance and financial support conned from others — if all text is kept to a minimum (less than a 1000 words), a person could fully read your poster in 5-10 minutes.

Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington

Section content • DOs and DON’Ts • Adding pieces of flair • Presenting • Motivational advice • Software • Templates • Printing • Useful literature • Organizing a poster session What to put in each section. The Poster sessions Pool. By Mobify. On Friday, UCSB held its fifth annual Research Slam.

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When the event originally launched in 2008, we billed it as an "Experimental Research Event. " Well, five successful years later and I'm not sure that label is accurate anymore, although at the discussion at the end of the day we did start thinking about new directions we could take it. I've posted about the Research Slam before, but have never really gone in-depth about the format on HASTAC or any other blog. There is no fixed way to present, though writing a paper to hand out likely won't get the most out of the experience. Beyond Googling: Structuring Inquiry. Extreme Searching: Multi-Modal Media Research. Leah Shafer and Lisa Patti, Media and Society Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Extreme Searching: Multi-Modal Media Research

The Importance of Source Evaluation and Content Credibility Skills for Today’s Students. Guest post by Patrick J.

The Importance of Source Evaluation and Content Credibility Skills for Today’s Students

Walsh As an author, journalist and former college professor, I am fascinated by the widespread implementation of education technology. The emergence of new modes of instruction is obviously enabling new opportunities for learning, which is both exciting and important in its implications for the future. Who Says What Looking toward that future, I tend to see the ongoing evolution of education technology through the filter of the communications theory of the late Harold Lasswell, who described the process of communications as “who says what to whom, through what channel, with what result.”

I would venture a guess that most education technology implementations up to now have centered around the latter part of Lasswell’s model — the audience (whom), the media (channel), and the effect (result). Better Research Basics, One Sentence at a Time. Thompson Writing Program: Working with Sources. Update: 'Google Search Education' Google’s search engine is a powerful and impressive tool for locating information online.

Update: 'Google Search Education'

Unfortunately for many students, the simplicity of the default search interface can lead to some pretty poor search habits and results. As I wrote in a previous post about Google’s efforts to provide information literacy resources, “it’s often a challenge (in my experience) not only to get students to search using something other than Google; it’s also difficult to teach them how to use Google effectively.”

In that previous post, I pointed readers to something Google was calling their “Search Education Evangelism” site, a resource designed to make it easier for instructors to teach information literacy. Freshman Composition Is Not Teaching Key Skills in Analysis, Researchers Argue - Faculty. Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know. Getty The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first.

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know

Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short. That’s part of the argument made by Wheaton College Professor Alan Jacobs in The Atlantic, who says the ease of search and user interface of fee-based databases have failed to keep up with those of free search engines. In combination with the well-documented gaps in students’ search skills, he suggests that this creates a perfect storm for the abandonment of scholarly databases in favor of search engines.

He concludes: “Maybe our greater emphasis shouldn’t be on training users to work with bad search tools, but to improve the search tools.” His article is responding to a larger, ongoing conversation about whether the ubiquity of Web search is good or bad for serious research. So what are the hallmarks of a good online search education? Related. Using social media for student research, part 1: setting up  Using social media for student research, part 2: practices and habits of mind  Photo credit: New Media Research, via Byrion Smith In an earlier post, I discussed how to get students set up to do research using social media.

Using social media for student research, part 2: practices and habits of mind 

This is the advice I’ll give them on how to actually go about doing the research. The Technical Side of Things Managing social media can be overwhelming, so I’d give my students the following advice: Get the right apps. Managing your time There is so much information out there, it can be overwhelming. So give yourself a time limit; tell yourself to read through your blog and your twitter feed for 15 or 20 minutes a day. Social media research time is about finding the sources, so you should spend that 15 or 20 minutes just combing through sources. When you find a source you like, use a program like Evernote or Instapaper to store it for later, more detailed reading and note-taking, then continue skimming through your RSS reader and Twitter feed for additional good sources.

Habits of mind Read widely. Some final thoughts David Korfhage. How do I cite a tweet? Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ.

How do I cite a tweet?

If only the user name is known, give it alone. Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet). Critical thinking.

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