What We Can Do:
We collaborate with faculty in designing research assignments that reinforce critical thinking and effective research abilities. Based on our experiences in supporting students in the research process, we can also recommend methods and suggest ideas and approaches to crafting an effective and meaningful research assignment and/or learning activity.
Share your research assignments (including due date) with your library faculty liaison. Having advance notice about assignments helps us provide appropriate support when students have research questions.
Testing your assignment can identify potential stumbling blocks to conducting research (e.g. resource no longer available). Contact us as we can offer options to help ensure student access to resources.
1. Learning Outcomes
Consider what learning outcome(s) relate to the research process for the assignment:
2. Scaffold Assignment
Breaking a research assignment into a sequence of smaller, more manageable tasks, scaffolding can:
3. Communicate Expectations
Students may have little or no experience in doing college-level research. Providing a written assignment helps students understand the assignment and the expectations. It's also useful for librarians who may help your students with the research process.
Important Note: dedicate time to talk about the assignment so students can ask questions.
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