Self-paced interactive tutorial on finding information, evaluating it, and using it for writing research papers.
Type of Material:
Individual use and English Composition library orientation
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Students will learn to find useful information.
Students will learn to evaluate information critically.
Students will learn to use information ethically.
Target Student Population:
General college, high school
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
Site is clear, easy to use, and complete. These are common research concepts much misunderstood by students, and this tutorial addresses each concept with concrete examples and some self-checking interactivity. This site could be used in a stand alone situation in many academic circumstances. It's quick to use, and very clear. Through the 5 sections it takes a learner through the basic steps to writing a good quality research paper. It is a self-contained learning object because there are examples, tips and activities to try what you have learned in each section.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Very clearly identifies the learning objectives and builds upon each concept. Would be very efficient in many situations. Each section stands alone, progressing logically through the research process.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This is clean and attractive. Easy to use, clear instructions, visually appealing, with just enough interactivity to keep students' attention. At the end of each of the 5 main sections there is a summary that reinforces what has been learned. It is interactive with examples, tips and activities to try out what has been learned.
Other Issues and Comments:
I like the use of examples and the interactivity. This site could be easily incorporated into many classes.