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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. If they can do it once — If students can learn to quote, paraphrase, summarize, and cite sources correctly just one sentence at a time, they can do it 100 times.

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Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington

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. The physical and temporal structure is similar to a poster session, with participants at different stations standing next to their projects and an audience moving around to talk to them, but that's basically where the similarities end. (HASTAC's embed function seems a little off so watch on the sidebar or here's a link: Beyond Googling: Structuring Inquiry. Extreme Searching: Multi-Modal Media Research. Leah Shafer and Lisa Patti, Media and Society Program, Hobart and William Smith Colleges This assignment sequence introduces students to effective research methods through a series of engaging, interactive, and collaborative tasks that lead to the development of a multi-modal research dossier and a media project.

Extreme Searching: Multi-Modal Media Research

I. Introduction This assignment sequence was developed for a 100-level introduction to media studies course, taught primarily to first- and second-year students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, a small liberal arts college. 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  My students are in a research lull.

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. 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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