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1. Pre-Institute Assignments

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1. Introduce yourself to the Research listserv: Due April 24th

Email address: bspresearch15@mail.asmusa.org
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 Research Institute.

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

*NEW: Read a compilation of Scholar responses to Pre-Assignment 1.

 

2.  Reading & Reflections (3-part activity): Due May 29th

Activity 1 - Read the Articles

Table of Contents:

  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. pp. 6-13.
  4. Rowland, Susan L., and P. M. Myatt. Getting Started in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A "How to" Guide for Science Academics. 2013. [Online.] wileyonlinelibrary.com. DOI: 10.1002/bmb.20748.


Activity 2 - Add Your Information to the Wiki **

1.    In the top-left corner of the Wiki, you should see an orange “login” button.  Click this button to login.

2.    Your user name and password has already been set as your first initial and full last name
(e.g., John Smith is jsmith, Jane Williams-Smith is jwilliams-smith). Log in to the Wiki. You should see your username in the upper left corner if you are correctly logged in.  The orange logout button should also be visible. If you have trouble logging in, please contact biologyscholars@asmusa.org.

3.    Click the page already created for you under “2015 Scholar Pages” of the "2015 Research Cohort."  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. 

4.    Once you are on your Scholar Page, find the orange header at the top of the page and select “Edit page.”

5.    Add your current CONTACT INFORMATION to this page. Feel free to add links to your professional and/or personal website, a picture of yourself, and any other items that may interest the group (Feel free to play!).

**Having trouble? See our Wiki Guide.


Activity 3 - Reading Reflections


1.    Based on your readings, prepare a 1-page reflective piece as a Word document. Make sure to address the following:

  • How would you describe your “research problem(s)” to the Research Scholars group? 
  • What theme(s) based on your readings, resonate with your “problem” and/or your proposed approach to address your problem.
  • Based on Pat Hutchings article, what taxonomy would you use to describe your research question and why?
  • Do you have any questions/concerns/comments that have evolved from your reading?
     

2.   You have been placed on a team of Scholars, led by one of the facilitators (Find Your Team). Locate your team's page in the left-hand navigation bar, under the "Pre-Institute Assignments" page. Post your reflection document to your team's page by clicking the "attach file or image" button at the bottom. Note that you must be logged in to attach a file. Feel free to read the other responses and add a comment if you like!

*NEW: Read a compilation of Scholar responses to Pre-Assignment 2.

 

3.  IRB Policies (3-part activity): Due June 19

Activity I - Meet the Research Residency Lead Facilitator: Loretta Brancaccio-Taras

1.    Watch Loretta Brancaccio-Taras' introduction: http://asmeducation.adobeconnect.com/p881fimh5un/


Activity II - Watch the
Institutional Review Board Presentation by Loretta Brancaccio-Taras

1.    Watch the 17-minute presentation by Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Research Residency facilitator: http://asmeducation.adobeconnect.com/p5u9a92klri/

2.    If you have any questions regarding this webinar presentation, please post them to your team's Wiki page (located in the left-hand navigation bar). Don't know which team you're on? Find Your Team.


Activity III - Your Institution's
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Policy

1.    Locate your institution's IRB protocol. This is what you will need to fill out and submit before you start a classroom research project. You may also want to find out a little bit about the process such as the submission deadlines and how long it takes 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. Copy and paste the IRB information into a Word document.

2.    Log in to the Wiki and navigate to your team's Wiki page (Find Your Team) in the left-hand navigation bar, under the "Pre-Institute Assignments" page. Post your IRB document to your team's page by clicking the "attach file or image" button at the bottom. Note that you must be logged in to attach a file. Feel free to read the other responses and add a question or comment if you like!

 

4.  Annotated Bibliography: Due July 10

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 (http://scholar.google.com/), ERIC (http://www.eric.ed.gov/) is another commonly used database for education research. You may also consider browsing scholarly journals such as Advances in Physiology Education, CBE – Life Sciences Education, and Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 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 here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/

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. 
Log in to the Wiki and navigate to your team's Wiki page (Find Your Team) in the left-hand navigation bar, under the "Pre-Institute Assignments" page. Post your Bibliography document to your team's page by clicking the "attach file or image" button at the bottom. Note that you must be logged in to attach a file. Feel free to read the other responses and add a question or comment if you like! 

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 (
http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advic...d-bibliography).

*NEW: Read a compilation of Scholar responses to Pre-Assignment 4.

 

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.


1. Stanton, Julie Dangremond, Xyanthe N. Neider, Isaura J. Gallegos, and Nicole C. Clark. Differences in Metacognitive Regulation in Introductory Biology Students: When Prompts Are Not Enough. 2015. CBE – Life Sci. Educ. vol 14, 1-12. http://www.lifescied.org/content/14/2/ar15.abstract

2. Hill, Kendra M., Volker S. Brozel, and Greg A. Heiberger. Examining the Delivery Modes of Metacognitive Awareness and Active Reading Lessons in a College Nonmajors Introductory Biology Course. 2014. vol 15, no 1, 5-12. http://jmbe.asm.org/index.php/jmbe/article/view/629

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