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Using Technology to Enhance the Research Process**
 
Course Description
    

Research writing and design enables students to write appropriately for varied scenarios.  Using technology to enhance the research process, provides participants with tools to create lessons and tutorials for their classrooms on outlining, plagiarism, research styles, summarizing, paraphrasing, and the use of direct quotations, as well as note cards, citations and works cited.  These skills will ultimately provide students with the knowledge to write effectively in a college setting or in the work place.   The purpose of this course is to provide a set of tools that will assist students as they progress through the research process. **Course participants must be currently employed classroom teachers in West Virginia.

 
Course Syllabus
    

Overview

Research writing and design enables students to write appropriately for varied scenarios.  Using technology to enhance the research process, provides participants with tools to create lessons and tutorials for their classrooms on outlining, plagiarism, research styles, summarizing, paraphrasing, and the use of direct quotations, as well as note cards, citations and works cited.  These skills will ultimately provide students with the knowledge to write effectively in a college setting or in the work place.   The purpose of this course is to provide a set of tools that will assist students as they progress through the research process.

By the end of this course, participants will understand:
  • the organization of research papers by using preliminary and formal outlines
  • the facets of plagiarism by definition and through identification of plagiarized content associated with student work
  • the components of research styles based on APA, MLA, Chicago and Turabian manuals
  • strategies for teaching the concepts of direct quotation usage and summarizing and paraphrasing in the research writing process
  • the purpose and organization of notecards for the research writing process. and
  • the proper use of citations with a corresponding works cited/bibliography page.
Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.

Read
When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

Activities
When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.

Discuss
When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.
Prerequisites
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Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necesaary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:
Session One Outlining for Success
Session Two Discovering The Pitfalls of Plagiarism
Session Three Understanding Research Styles
Session Four Using Quotes, Paraphrases and Summaries
Session Five Using Note Cards the Electronic Way
Session Six Using Citations and Work Cited
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Assessment
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Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Using Technology to Enhance the Research Process, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University,  Marshall University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content and Technology Standards

This course, Using Technology to Enhance the Research Process, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV Content Standards and Objectives (http://wvde.state.wv.us/csos/) as they engage in course content.

About this Course

This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us) under the guidance of the EdTech Leaders Online (http://edtechleaders.org) at Education Development Center. EdTech Leaders Online provides capacity building, training, and online courses for school districts, state departments of education, and colleges and universities.

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007.  All rights reserved.