If you are teaching, you are almost by definition an expert researcher, which can make it difficult (ironically) to provide clear guidance to novice researchers, such as your students. Steps in the process that you complete so automatically that you may have stopped noticing that you are doing it — such as framing clear research questions and ignoring useless and misleading sources — can be serious obstacles for your students.
In this webinar Chris Manion (Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator at the OSU Center for the Study of Teaching and Writing) and Amanda Folk (head of Teaching and Learning at the OSU Libraries) discussed straightforward steps you can take and resources you can make use of in your course to help your students conduct purpose-driven research that will extend and feed their learning.
While I was at the 7th Annual Quality Matters Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning, I received a flyer about the K-12 Rubric Literature Review. I reached out to the Director of Research, Kay Shattuck, D.Ed. for more information. Below is a transcript of further details about the K-12 Rubric Literature Review opportunity.
- Who: Grad students, especially those in Teacher Ed and others interested in the K-12 online research lit, will likely be the most attracted to helping with this timely QM project. (Need submissions by Dec. 4, 2015)
- Anyone with MyQM account (a free account must be established for access) can add a research reference into the QM Research Library. Submissions are vetted by the QM Research Team.
- What: Those interested in helping with the project are asked to review and document the research literature relating to K-12 online learning by searching the academic data bases (Academic Complete, ProQuest, Dissertation Abstracts, ERIC, etc).
- Results limits set to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journal” since Fall 2013.
- Only research articles are to be included (must have a methodology and published in a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal).
- When an article is identified, it needs to be reviewed in full-text and summarized as it relates to course design topics.(See the QM K-12 Secondary Rubric for topic area suggestions.)
- Why & When: Reviewing and documenting research that is related to online instructional/course design published in scholarly journals continues to be the beginning point for review of each of the QM Rubrics.
- How: to enter a research submission for consideration for the QM Research Library:
- Login to MyQM; My Activity; Research Submission.
- Complete the requested information. Examples are provided.
- The reference, in APA format, along with a summary of the research article, and indication of least one of the QM standards the reference informs are entered into the Research Submission webform.
- Each submission is vetted by the QM Research Team prior to approving publications into the live QM Research Library.
- Check out the K-12 Literature Review Flyer