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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). Better Posters. Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington. A one-sentence overview of the poster concept A large-format poster is a big piece of paper (or wall-mounted monitor) that can communicate your research at a conference, and is composed of a short title, an introduction to your burning question, an overview of your novel 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, a person could fully read your poster in under 5 minutes (really).

Designing conference posters - Colin Purrington

Why a poster? • Motivational advice • Choosing software • Poster templates • Section content • DOs and DON’Ts • Adding bits of flair • Presenting the poster • Useful internet sites • Useful literature • Printing the poster • Organizing a session • Using this page • Feedback Why a poster is sometimes better than a talk Motivational advice. 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.

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.”

Better Research Basics, One Sentence at a Time. Thompson Writing Program: Working with Sources. Evaluating Sources Evaluating Sources of Information (Purdue): All sources aren't created equal.

Thompson Writing Program: Working with Sources

Purdue's Online Writing Lab offers these valuable tips for evaluating the sources and informational content you encounter.Evaluating Print vs. Internet Sources (Purdue): Just because it's online doesn't mean it's good. Purdue's Online Writing Lab helps you sort the wheat from the chaff. Incorporating Sources Quotations (Duke): This guide will help you decide when to quote and when to paraphrase and explains the basic mechanics of incorporating quotations. Avoiding Plagiarism Working with Sources: Avoiding Plagiarism (Duke): This Powerpoint presentation discusses ways to get the most from your sources while avoiding plagiarism. Citation Guides New MLA Style Guide (Purdue): New MLA style guidelines go into effect April 2009.

EndNote Software. 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. Freshman Composition Is Not Teaching Key Skills in Analysis, Researchers Argue - Faculty. March 21, 2012 By Dan Berrett Students in first-semester composition classes are routinely assigned to write a research paper, but this exercise rarely succeeds because they do not yet grasp how to analyze their sources, say the chief researchers of a multi-institutional study of college students' citations.

Freshman Composition Is Not Teaching Key Skills in Analysis, Researchers Argue - Faculty

"We need to be teaching analysis, and a lot of it," Rebecca Moore Howard, professor of writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University and co-principal investigator of the Citation Project, said in an interview. 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. 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 

They’ve finished they’re French Revolution research papers, but haven’t yet started the spring research paper, which takes most of the second semester. 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. 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. 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. 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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