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Pre-Institute Assignments

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1.  Introduce yourself to the Research listserv

Email address:
Subject heading: “Your Name - Introduction”

Please answer these questions:

1) Describe your teaching responsibilities and the type of student you teach.

2) Describe what you would like to take home as a result of attending the SoTL Institute.

3) Tell us about your interests outside of the classroom and a book that you have read recently.


2.  Read the following articles and post a 1 page reflection

Email address:
Subject heading: “Your Name - Reflections”

Table of Contents for the Articles

1.     Bass, Randy. The Scholarship of Teaching: What’s the Problem? 1999.
        Inventio: Creating Thinking about Learning and Teaching. vol 1, no 1.
2.     Hutchings, Pat. Approaching the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
        Opening Lines:  Approaches to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
3.     Mettetal, Gwynn. The What, Why, and How of Classroom Action Research. 2001. Journal of Scholarship of         Teaching and Learning. vol 2, no 1.

 Reflection Questions - Based on your readings, prepare a 1 page reflective piece in which you address the following in relation to your proposal:
1.     How would you describe your “research problem(s)” to the Research Scholars group? 
2.     What theme(s) based on your readings, resonate with your “problem” and/or your proposed approach to         address your problem.
3.     Based on Pat Hutchings article, what taxonomy would you use to describe your research question and         why?
4.     Do you have any questions/concerns/comments that have evolved from your reading?


3.  Wiki Intro and IRB Policies: Due June 15th

Activity 1- Login
  * In the top-left corner, you should see an orange “login” button.  Click this button to login.
Activity 2- Homepage: Editing a page
  *Make sure you are logged in.  You should see your username in the upper left corner if you are correctly logged in.  The orange logout button should also be visible.

  * For this assignment, you must edit the page already created for you under “2012 Scholar Pages”: Use the left hand side-bar to navigate to your page.
Note: You may see another page called “My Page” at the top of your wiki screen.  This “My Page” is NOT visible to anyone but you and SHOULD NOT be used for these assignments. 

  *In the blue header at the top of the page select “Edit page” and add your current CONTACT INFORMATION to the page. 

  *Feel free to add links to your professional and/or personal website, information about your institute, pictures, and any other items that may interest the group.  Feel free to play with it!

Activity 3- Background: Adding a subpage
  *Again, make certain you are logged in and open your personal page under “2012 Scholar Pages.”

  *In the blue header at the top of the page select “Add page.”

  *Once in the editing mode, change the title of the page to read “Background.”  This is the title that will appear in the hierarchy tabs to the left.

  *On this page cut and paste three pieces of information provided on your application to the program.  They are:
(1) describe your teaching responsibilities,
(2) describe your student learning challenge or problem, and
(3) describe your professional development goals. 

Activity 4- IRB at your institution
  *Again, make certain you are logged in and open your personal page under “2012 Scholar Pages.”

  *In the blue header at the top of the page select “Add page”

  *Once in the editing mode, change the title of the page to read “IRB Process.”  This is the title that will appear in the hierarchy tabs to the left.

  *On this page, you will cut and paste your school’s IRB protocol.  This is what you will need to fill out and submit before you start this classroom research project. You may also want to find out a little bit about the process such as:
•    What are the submissions deadlines?  
•    How long does it take to get approval? 

 *If you can, talk to someone on the IRB committee and describe your project to see what they think will be needed.  The IRB process can be a huge block to your research project moving forward, so it pays to be informed.  We will discuss the IRB process at the summer institute.

4.  Annotated Bibliography: Due July 6th

1. Find five (5) references that are directly related to your project. Although you may be familiar with using Google Scholar for finding peer-reviewed literature (, ERIC ( is a commonly used database for education research. Do your best to find references that relate to each of the following aspects of your study: rationale or motivation for the study, design of the study, methods for data collection and analysis, and interpretation of the results.

2. Format your references in APA style. You can find information about APA style at the Duke library site (

3. Annotate your references by explaining how each is useful for your project (see below for more information how to write an annotated bibliography).

4. Create a new “Bibliography” tab under your individual main page as follows:

  • Go to the Wiki ( and click the orange log-in button and enter your Username and Password.

  • Go to your individual main page under Research Residency>2012 Research Cohort>2012 Scholar Pages> “Your Name.”

  • Then, in the orange control bar at the top of the page, click “Add Page” and label it “Bibliography.” Upload your bibliography by either pasting it to the page or attaching it as a document. Be sure to click the “Save” button at the top when you are done.

 What is an annotated bibliography and how do you write one?
An annotated bibliography adds to the traditional list of citations a paragraph that provides both a description of the research, a critical evaluation of the quality of the content, and the relevance of the citation to your work. These annotations are typically ~150 words. There are many on-line sites that describe annotated bibliographies and how to create them, such as this site at the University of Toronto (


5. Journal Club Readings: Due On-Site

Read the following articles* and try to identify the learning problem and the research question for each paper.  Think about the alignment between the problem and the question – does the question address the whole learning problem or part of the learning problem?  We will continue working with these papers during the institute.


*Please note that this assignment will direct you to the JMBE website (

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