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Creating Research Assignments for Your Class. By Carol Womack Professional Development Day, Spring 2005. Effective Assignments Mean:. Less frustration for students Better research Critical thinking skills Lifelong learning skills. Effective Assignment--Definition.

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Creating research assignments for your class

Creating Research Assignments for Your Class

By Carol Womack

Professional Development Day, Spring 2005


Effective assignments mean

Effective Assignments Mean:

  • Less frustration for students

  • Better research

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Lifelong learning skills


Effective assignment definition

Effective Assignment--Definition

  • Has a specific, understood purpose

  • Relates to course

  • Increased understanding of subject

  • Variety of sources

  • Timeline


Better assignments

Better assignments

  • Learning outcomes

  • Assessment tools

  • Share your assignment with us

  • Use available sources


Use the library

Use the Library

  • Put books on RESERVE

  • Check Library’s holdings

    • http://xe9hz9pm5b.search.serialssolutions.com/

  • Find articles in databases and link to them

    • http://library.smc.edu/faculty/elink.html


Use the library1

Use the Library

  • Share assignment

  • Share syllabus

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The topic

Direction

Limits

Objectives

Selecting a topic is difficult

http://library.smc.edu/research/topics/

Narrow/expand topic

The Topic


Design the research

Find a book

Find an article

Find a GOOD website

Evaluate sources

Identify sources to be used

Assume minimal library knowledge

Library has materials

Schedule library orientation/share assignment w/librarian

Talk to a librarian

http://library.smc.edu/about/staff.html

Design the research


Help for students

Help for students

  • Encourage them to visit Reference Desk

  • Put materials on Reserve

  • Sample research papers

  • Sample bibliographies http://library.smc.edu/research/citation.html


Pitfalls

Pitfalls

  • Same assignment

  • Inaccurate source names

  • Trivial pursuit

  • Inefficient Use of Internet

  • Plagiarism


Alternatives to the term paper

Alternatives to the term paper

  • Annotated bibliography of ranked items

  • Compare two articles

  • Review articles/key issues

  • Article review

  • Evaluate website


Better assignments1

Better assignments

  • Learning outcomes

  • Assessment tools

  • http://www.csulb.edu/~ttravis/GESI/revised.htm

  • Share your assignment with us


Creating assignments

Creating Assignments

  • Creating Effective Library Assignmentshttp://sac.edu/students/library/nealley/pathfinders/effective_assignments.htm

  • Promoting Information Literacy through Class Assignmentshttp://www.csuchico.edu/lins/assignments/promoting_infolit.html

  • Guidelines for Creating Effective Library Assignments.http://library.csusm.edu/departments/ilp/effective_assignments.asp

  • Guidelines for Designing and Implementing Effective Library Research Assignmentshttp://library.csun.edu/assign.html#eff

  • Common Pitfalls to Library Research http://dometest.sdsu.edu/about/depts/instruction/pitfalls.shtml

  • Tips for Effective Library Assignmentshttp://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Tips.html

  • Effective Library Assignmentshttp://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/infosrv/lue/effectiveassignments.html

  • Library Assignments: Some Tips and Remindershttp://www2.canisius.edu/canhp/canpub/ciq/CIQ_May96/library.html

  • Term Paper Alternatives:http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/PaperAlternatives.html


Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Writing Learning Outcomeshttp://www.aallnet.org/prodev/outcomes.asp

  • How to Write Learning Outcomeshttp://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/education/curricula/giscc/units/format/outcomes.html


Assessment tools

Assessment Tools

  • http://www.santarosa.edu/library/assignments.shtml

  • http://www.csupomona.edu/~library/InfoComp/instrument.htm

  • http://www.topsy.org/InfoLitAssess.html

  • http://www2.library.unr.edu/ragains/assess.html

  • Improving Assignments:

  • http://www.csulb.edu/~ttravis/GESI/revised.htm


Questions suggestions

Questions? Suggestions?

Thank you for coming!


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