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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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