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Introduction :: Numbers Assignment :: Reading Assignment :: Fishing Trip Assignment

Welcome to class below you will find a video lecture and a PowerPoint presentation that outlines how this course works.

Introduction Information

Getting Started

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Course Aims

  • To become excited about and involved with research.
  • To design some of your own research.

Designing Research

In developing the online version of this class, we made extensive use of a model for teaching called Guided Design. I first learned of this model in a workshops conducted by Dr. Charles E. Wales of West Virginia University that he conducted in Logan in 1983. Wales was an engineer by training, and he found that he could teach engineering better by a problem solving approach than by simply lecturing and quizzing students. After his successful implementation of this approach in engineering, other faculty demonstrated that the approach could be used effectively in other disciplines.

The Fishing Trip exercise that you will be asked to complete in Unit 1 is a classic problem using Guided Design.

To learn more about Guided Design, you can visit a web site developed by Kevin Oliver and William Coscarelli at Virginia Tech University . To better participate in the threaded discussion topic of, “Guided Design” it would help if you study that site and get a clear picture of what Guided Design entails. On the site you will find a link to a PDF file that gives some history of Guided Design, a definition, and numerous examples.

Community Building Through Threaded Discussions

This course has requires participation in a threaded discussion. You will be placed into small discussion groups and required to do the following. Students are required to post two times weekly and to moderate a weekly or bi-weekly discussion. Moderating requires two posts, one to begin the discussion and a final to summarize the discussion ideas.

  • Link to Discussion Groups
  • Post to your respective group's discussions two times weekly.
  • Moderate a weekly or bi-weekly discussion.
    • Moderating requires two posts, one to begin the discussion and a final to summarize the discussion ideas.
Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factpetersen. (2007, July 03). Introduction. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: http://ocw.usu.edu/education/research-for-the-classroom-teacher/unit-1/introduction.html. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License