December 2009 Archives

Undergraduate Research

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I think undergraduate research can be a great "frame" to think and talk about information literacy...especially the more academic aspects of information literacy. I look forward to looking more a this book/report. We are working on drafting an Assignment Calculator for UROP. Here is rough draft: https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/?assnId=191.

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Developing undergraduate research and inquiry
Mick Healey and Alan Jenkins
The Higher Education Academy
June 2009
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Executive summary

This paper argues that all undergraduate students in all higher education institutions should experience learning through, and about, research and inquiry. In undergraduate research, students learn and are assessed in ways that come as close as possible to the experience of academic staff carrying out their disciplinary research.The origins of our paper lie, in part, in previous published work worldwide - including our work - on bringing together teaching and disciplinary research. In particular, the paper stems from the United States undergraduate research movement, which started by providing research opportunities for selected students in selected institutions. We argue, as does much recent US experience, that such curricular experience should and can be mainstreamed for all or many students through a research-active curriculum. We argue that this can be achieved through structured interventions at course team, departmental, institutional and national levels. The argument is complemented by a large selection of mini case studies, drawn particularly from the UK, North America and Australasia.

List Of Case Studies
  • Engaging students in research and inquiry at the beginning of their academic studies
  • Engaging students in research and inquiry later in their academic studies
  • Undergraduate research and inquiry in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines
  • Undergraduate research and inquiry in humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary studies
  • Undergraduate research and inquiry in departments and course teams
  • Undergraduate research and inquiry in institutions

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/York/documents/resources/publications/DevelopingUndergraduate_Final.pdf

Teaching about digital data?

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How to Prepare Your College for an Uncertain Digital Future
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"How can a university organize and preserve the deluge of digital data before it washes away--and preserve it for uses that have not been imagined yet? The data could be anything from student-produced course work to raw research results to informal material like blogs and wikis." Paolo U. Mangiafico does a job that is not easy to describe. Duke University calls him director of digital information strategy. But the work isn't just information technology, or scholarly communication, or library services. It's all of them...
http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Prepare-Your-College/49455/

 What is the role of instruction in thinking about digital data?

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In the December 2009 issue of American Libraries there is a short article titled, Be the Bridge.  The author goes on to explain how assignments are the perfect ground in which to build collaboration with instructors; bridge classroom content with PBL or other learning projects. 

I enjoyed how the author explained that even the best assignments have holes.  For example, when a faculty member says no encyclopedias does that mean subject-specific as well?  I think we are interpreters of assignments rather than translators as we have to infer what is meant by "no websites." 

This all presumes the faculty member is open to working with you to rework the assignment to make it more successful for the students.  What if this isn't the case?  How do you build the bridge to even start that conversation?

The author lists very obvious consequences of poorly designed assignments for the students and instructors, which could be used in a discussion.    Though for collaboration with the faculty he suggests getting involved at the departmental level, if possible.  Looking to try to to build those collaborations on assignments and departments.  Stay tuned for Phase II of the Information Literacy Environmental Scan.

Read the full article, at: http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/11232009/be-bridge

January Workshops

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Most of the workshops for January are in the workshops registration database:

Feel free to use this below to add to your own blogs or to email to faculty and grad students.

Library Workshops-January 2010
Take advantage of our great selection of workshops to help you learn new skills and tools for your library research, academic writing and teaching. To register go to http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/workshops/registration

January 4-8
Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Time: Tuesday, 01/05/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 101 Walter Library
 
RefWorks: Basics
Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See http://www.lib.umn.edu/refworks/ for more details about RefWorks. This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Wednesday, 01/06/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Zotero: Basics
Zotero is a *free* Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations.
This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library


January 11-15

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.
Time: Monday, 01/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

RefWorks: Basics
Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See http://www.lib.umn.edu/refworks/ for more details about RefWorks. This class is also available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Monday, 01/11/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

How do I Know I Found Everything?
Working on a new research project, a thesis or dissertation? Need to be comprehensive in your literature search? Explore ways to approach the search, and identify useful--and perhaps unusual--resources.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Zotero: Basics
Zotero is a *free* Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations.  This class is also available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

EndNote: Basics
An introduction to using EndNote. Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Find a self-paced online version of this course at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint
Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer.
Time: Tuesday, 01/12/2010 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Data Management for Scientists and Engineers
Digital data is growing at an exponential rate, and the work involved in managing that data is rapidly increasing as well. How can we ensure that our research data will still be available in a usable form in 5, 10, or 20 years? We will discuss why having a data management plan is important as well as key considerations and best practices for data management.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research, http://www.collaborate.umn.edu/explore/searching.html.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Google for Researchers
With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborative environment.
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

RefWorks: Advanced
For RefWorks users who would like to learn more about linking to full text documents, editing styles, and other specialized tasks. Attendees are encouraged to bring their RefWorks questions to the session. A list of advanced features may be found at http://courses.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=2603
Time: Wednesday, 01/13/2010 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Focus on your research instead of your formatting! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently. We'll cover inserting images and charts, getting your page numbers in the right place, generating tables of contents and figures; and more. Please note that this workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines. Participants should have basic experience using MS Word. Note this version of the workshop specifically uses Office 2007; an instruction manual is available for Word 2003. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations. Class materials can be found on the Moodle page, at: https://moodle.umn.edu/course/view.php?id=5102. This class is available online: http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)
Time: Thursday, 01/14/2010 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

EndNote: Basics
An introduction to using EndNote. Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Find a self-paced online version of this course at http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/index.html.
Time: Thursday, 01/14/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room (Room 81)

Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Time: Friday, 01/15/2010 -  10:30am - 11:30am
Location: S30B Wilson Library

Leveraging Archival Materials into the Curriculum
With a world of materials from art, images, books and reports to maps, blue prints, letters, and more; Archives and Special Collections (http://special.lib.umn.edu/) at the U will broaden a student's experience in any class. This workshop will help faculty and instructors to navigate the logistics of using archival material in your instruction. Get ideas for the possibilities of using primary materials to enrich the classroom experience. A tour will be offered at the end of the workshop.
Time: Fri, 01/15/2010 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 120b Andersen Library



Great example of the stuff we got

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How could this be used in instruction?
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I use Moodle in two different ways to support my library instruction role.  The first way I  use it is to create online versions of some of the hour-long workshops that we teach over here at Sci/Eng.

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I like the flexibility that Moodle gives to the user to jump to the particular part of the workshop that they're interested in learning about.  Unlike videos there's no fast forwarding, then rewinding, then more fast forwarding to find that one particular piece of information that you need a refresher on.

I look at these pages kind of like online handouts.  This way the user doesn't have to dig through folders and notebooks to find information that they took away from the class.  Also, Moodle allows you to use screen captures that I think make the instructions easier to understand.

The other way I use Moodle is for mini-tutorials that I append to Course Lib pages

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If I give a class lecture and students are going to need to learn how to use the FDA Resources databases I create little subpage in a generic Moodle account that I've set up and link to it right under the resource that  I talked about in their class.

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