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Designing Effective Research Assignments

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Workshop presented to faculty by Jill Newby and Nicole Pagowsky at the University of Arizona through the Office of Instruction and Assessment. Effective research assignment design for student success. Download full PPT for presenter notes with more detail on what was covered.

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Designing Effective Research Assignments

  1. 1. OIA Teaching Academy: January 3, 2013Jill Newby & Nicole Pagowsky, UA Libraries
  2. 2. Understand students’ problems with research Know how to incorporate information literacy into a course through a research assignmentDifferentiate between successful and problematic research assignment design Locate resources for further assistance and for contacting a librarian
  3. 3. Image via http://librarysmcm.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/beyond-googling-on-the-job/ Information Seeking Behavior from overlobe on Flickr
  4. 4. l www.erialproject.org
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  6. 6. lhttp://comminfo.rutgers.edu/~kuhlthau/information_search_process.htm
  7. 7. NeedAnalyze Access Use Evaluate
  8. 8. Individual work: Fill out the top portion of the handoutUse a research assignment from a class you have taught, or one you would like to implement in your classThink about issues students have with research and how that relates to your assignment and course content
  9. 9. Assignment TopicSocial media in the Presidential campaignLearning OutcomesStudents will be aware of how social media was used in past presidential campaigns.Assessment MethodsOne page paper with bibliography Assignment DetailsRequirements Must use library resources to locate at least 2 newspaper or magazine articles One page paper Citations in APA format Due in 1 week What Must Students Be Able to Do to Library Resource Complete the Assignment?Identify Search Words and create search Tutorial: How to Search EffectivelystatementsLocate 2 newspaper or magazine articles Newspapers and magazines Lexis/Nexis, Newsbank, New York TimesEvaluate sources for relevance to assignment Tutorial: Selecting the Best Resources for your TopicSynthesize information and paraphrase Tutorial: Accidental Plagiarism – Dont Let itcorrectly into a one page paper Happen to You Cite the source correctly in APA style UA Library Citation Guide
  10. 10. Scaffolding Transparency Context Process Embed Critical over Academic Thinking Perfection Integrity
  11. 11. http://va505nk.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/ben-longs-scaffolding/
  12. 12. l www.mindbodygreen.com
  13. 13. l http://creativecommons.org/weblog/page/10
  14. 14. l Dierk Schaefer: flickr.com
  15. 15. l http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyan_Cat
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  17. 17. Group work:In groups of 2-3, evaluate a sampleassignment using the checklist handout
  18. 18. What makes a good assignment?  What could have been improved?  What was done well? How would you revise this assignment? Based on what you’ve learned, how will you revise your assignment?
  19. 19. http://www.library.arizona.edu/services/faculty/instruct-services.html
  20. 20. ERIAL Project (2012). From http://www.erialproject.org/Kelly, M. C., & Kross, A. (2002). Making the grade: Academic libraries and student success.Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.Maricopa Community College District Libraries (n.d.). Research assignment handouts: Essentialelements to promote student success workshop. Fromhttp://libguides.maricopa.edu/research_assignment_handouts_workshopProject Information Literacy (2012). From http://projectinfolit.org/Purdy, J. P. (September 01, 2012). Why first-year college students select online research resourcesas their favorite. First Monday, 17, 9. Fromhttp://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4088/3289University of Minnesota Libraries. (n.d.). Improving student research: A faculty/instructor guide.From http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/guides/FacultyGuide.pdfWeimer, M. (Ed.) (n.d.). Keys to designing effective writing and research assignments. In FacultyFocus: Special Report. From http://uogcde.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/report-keys-to-designing-effective-writing.pdf Jill Newby, newbyj@u.library.arizona.edu Nicole Pagowsky, pagowskyn@u.library.arizona.edu

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