Syllabus

Course Goals and Objectives

A. Demonstrate awareness of a scientific, cognitive and other approaches to obtaining knowledge. The student's responses to written and/oral questions and statements during discussion shall indicate understanding that:

B. Demonstrate the ability to locate and use research literature relevant to one's classroom interests and knowledge problems. The student should be able to:

C. Demonstrate the ability to design and conduct research appropriate to the classroom setting (i.e. "Teacher research")

D. Demonstrate sophistication with handling objections and problems in conducting research to include:

E. Affective:

Acknowledgements are due to the major work contributed to this course by:
Drs. Walter Borg, Julie Landeen, Jim Shaver, David Lancy, Olga Jarrett, Charles Wales, Anne Nardi, and Ann DeVaney.

The major programming contribution was made by John Louviere, 2006

For more information on professor Eastmond, click here for his website:
http://inst.usu.edu/fac_display.php?id=8

To hear how the course was developed, see our webcast: (Fascinating)
http://www.usu.edu/webct/webcast

Textbooks for class

Assignments

Unit 1 - Introduction

This Unit has 4 Modules. Modules 1 and 3 are short introductory lectures about the course and the text being used. Module 2 is an Activity to emphasize research organization. It is important to view the lecture after the Activity has been accomplished. Module 4 is an Activity to simulate using the Guided Design Method of doing research. There is no grading and the only evaluation is your own. You will automatically receive the 10 pts on the completion of the each Activity.

Unit 2 - Library Research and Ethics

This Unit contains 4 Modules. Module 1 is an Activity that will give you experience with online research using the Pioneer and other resources. It is worth 20 points and will be graded. It is important to learn how to use the resources available to you over the Internet. Module 2 is the suggested reading in Practical Research, Chapter 4. Module 3 Includes reading sections of chapter 5 and an accompanying video. Module 4 begins your reading in Engaging Teachers, and starts with chapter 7. There is also an ethics activity with the National Institutes of Health, worth 20 points. If you are reading the Research to Results text, you only need to complete the activity.

Unit 3 - Engaging Teachers OR Turning Research into Results Text

This Unit contains 7 modules. Modules 1-6 are the reading that will prepare you for the Quiz in Module 7, either in Engaging Teachers, OR Turning Research into Results. The quizzes are worth 50 points. Module 7 has two quizzes, simply select one based on the text you are reading. Both books were selected because they are useful, interesting, and fun. I think you will enjoy what the text you select has to offer.

Unit 4 - Quantitative Analysis: Channel One Assignment

This Unit contains 6 Modules. Module 1 contains a Lecture that will explain the corresponding Activity. The Activity is a research simulation concerning Channel One. It simulates an actual quantitative research, using Guided Design, on Channel One. The activity is worth 20 pts. Modules 2,3,4 and 5 contain reading from Practical Research that will prepare you for the Quiz in Module 6. The quiz is worth 50 pts.

Unit 5 - Qualitative Analysis: Recess Assignment

This Unit contains 6 Modules. Module 1 contains a Lecture that will explain the corresponding Activity. The Activity is a research simulation concerning recess for elementary students. It simulates an actual qualitative research, using Guided Design, on the validity of recess. The activity is worth 20 pts. Modules 2,3,4 and 5 contain reading from Practical Research that will prepare you for the Quiz in Module 6. The quiz is worth 50 pts.

Unit 6 - Design Your Own Research

This Unit contains 2 Modules. Module 1 is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. Module 2 is an Activity of designing your own qualitative or quantitative research. This activity is heavily graded and is used to determine what was learned from the simulations. It will be evaluated on how effectively Guided Design principles are used as modeled in the simulations. The activity is worth 50 pts.

Unit 7 - Formative Evaluation: Ednet Assignment

This Unit contains 1 Module. It is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. The activity is a simulation of a formative evaluation of the USU Ed-Net system. The simulation models Guided Design principles. The activity is worth 20 pts.

Unit 8 - Needs Assessment or Creative Prospectus

This Unit contains 2 Modules. Module 1 is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. Module 2 is an Activity of needs assessment. The activity is a simulation of a needs assessment of the Instructional Technology Department. The simulation models Guided Design principles. The activity is worth 20 pts.

Unit 9 - Design Your Own 2

This Unit contains 2 Modules. Module 1 is a short Lecture explaining the corresponding Activity. Module 2 is an Activity of designing your own formative or needs analysis. This activity is heavily graded and is used to determine what was learned from the simulations. It will be evaluated on how effectively Guided Design principles are used as modeled in the simulations. The activity is worth 50 pts.

Unit 10 - Conclusion

This Unit contains 1 Module. It is a short lecture that is to bring closure to the course.

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