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Strategies for Scholarly Research in UK Core Learning and Teaching

Our overall task is to help the first year student transition smoothly from high school to your UKCore course.  How does your course design support this effort?

First step: define your research question – what are you wanting to find out.

Second step: partner with UK librarians to build out your pool of research materials – they have created the UK Core Libguides to serve as a framework for your research needs.

Third step: focus in on one topic or problem to solve and float your banner out in the wind to see if anyone else in the UK Core Faculty Research Group is also working on a similar topic or problem.

Fourth step: work with your CELT consultant to hone your topic or problem into a defined project:

  1. Create a title and short description of the focus of your investigation.
  2. List the resources / references you find helpful.
  3. Decide which type of student learning resource you will use as a device to gather evidence of success.  Some examples are below (see more types and examples of learning resources at MERLOT).
    Animation Assessment Case Study Diagram, Chart, Figure or Table
    Game Lab experiment Lecture or Demonstration Lesson Plan
    Narrative Text Primary Source Material Problem Statement Questionnaire or Survey
    Self Assessment or Reflection Paper Simulation or Roleplay Slide or Picture Gallery Tutorial or Practice Exercise

Fifth step: work with your college IT support or contact UK Academic Technology staff (in 518 King Science Library) to decide which technical format(s) you will use to craft an enhanced, research-based learning object.  See the Southern Regional Education Board’sSCORE presentations on learning objects; New Media Consortium’s Guidelines for Authors of Learning Objects; or, The Learning Objects Group tutorial on learning objects; or, The Instructional Use of Learning Objects;  in order to gather examples of student work for assessment of effectiveness.

Some examples of formats to think about using are:

animated images
or video
audio file
driven chart
or e-text
image map
slide website or
social network
So… wait a minute…
what’s a Learning Object?

Sixth step: work with your college Assessment Officer to connect the student work or performance (that comes from using your learning object) to a particular component in the related UK Core course template.
We are gathering here examples of UK faculty research projects and research tools for institutional change.


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