The tutorial Research 101 discusses the concept of the research process in great detail. The areas of coverage are: choose your topic, use the best sources, find sources, evaluate your sources, and cite your sources. The tutorial is interactive, allowing students to test their understanding as they progress through the tutorial with a comprehensive quiz at the end. There is a comprehensive quiz at the end. This tutorial can be assigned as part of a flipped classroom lesson, as an independent tutorial or the basis for a lesson in class.
Type of Material:
foundation for a class on research, independent tutorial, homework assignment.
any computer with internet access
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Learners will develop a deeper understanding of the research process, including: identify how to use various research tools properly, comprehend the differences between scholarly journals and popular magazines, apply brainstorming techniques in developing a search strategy, and evaluating sources.
Target Student Population:
The material is designed for lower and upper division college and university.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer skills are required such as able to use a mouse by clicking and drag and drop.
This tutorial is clearly written and easy to use. It does not require prior knowledge of the website and users will be able to use the tutorial with little direction. This is a detailed explanation of the research process. Users can use this alone as a way to learn the research process, but the addition of an assignment will help users apply their knowledge. Professors can link this to an assignment to create an authentic assessment. The content provided covers a very broad concept in a clear manner. The use of chapters and sub-chapters and self-check assessments at the end of each chapter is very well done. The comprehensive test at the end will help to reinforce the users’ knowledge.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
At the beginning of the tutorial, the learning objectives are introduced. This will allow users to know if this is what they need in learning the research process. It does not require prior know of the research process in order to understand how to use the tutorial. Research 101 chapters build upon each previous section, but it would be easy to divide this tutorial into sections that could be placed in a weekly module. For example, “Choosing Your Topic” could be in one module and “Evaluate Your Sources” could be in the module on evaluation of different sources by format.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The Research 101 tutorial is well designed and easy to navigate with no additional instruction required to use the system. The use of authentic assessment is very well done. This is demonstrated in that once the learner has mastered the research concept; they must then do the process again with their own terms and ideas.
The only concern is the lack of ADA design. Students must be able to use mouse clicks to select items or click, hold and slide their answer choice. Learners with limited hand mobility or other disabilities may not be able to use this tutorial. This is something that could be addressed in future versions of this tutorial.
Other Issues and Comments:
Under the keywords section, when asked for an alternative term for children, only one choice(kids) is accepted. I used the term "minors" and had to change it.
Search by ISBN?
It looks like you have entered an ISBN number. Would you like to search using what you have
entered as an ISBN number?
Searching for Members?
You entered an email address. Would you like to search for members? Click Yes to continue. If no, materials will be displayed first. You can refine your search with the options on the left of the results page.