VirtualMV/Research Workshop/Activities/Session 1

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Session 1: Learning Activities

Research Question for 2015 workshop: What is the commonly accepted approach to Project Management?

Research Question for 2014 workshop: What are the advantages of using Facebook to enhance tertiary learning?

  • 1.1 Discussion: What does the research question mean? What does the lecturer want to know?
  • 1.2 Quick Question: Is the paper relevant to the question? (In this case the answer should be yes)
  • 1.3 What will your answer look like? (What does a Research Report look like?)
Quick Look: Research report template
  • 1.4 In the article(s) highlight sentences you could use to answer the question.
  • 1.5 Using what you've highlighted, write about 2 sentences which answer the research question.
Include ONE direct quote and ONE paraphrased idea.(The follow examples give you an idea of thes - note they do not answer the research question)
  • quote: "Facebook ... was justified, provided [it] was not a manditory requirement (Nesbit & Martin, 2012)"
  • paraphrase : e.g. Nesbit and Martin (2012) recommend that Facebook not be manditory.
  • Note that you can change the meaning of what the author intended - called "out of context".
Activity: with the person next to you, check you've both "synthesized" rather than copied - rewrite if you need to.
Activity: with the person next to you again, rewrite what you've done to show critical thinking.
  • 1.6 How to Cite & Reference
Quick Look: How does the article do this? (Look at in-text citing and the Reference section).
Link: Twist Library APA Referencing Guide
  • 1.7 Add the in-text citation and the reference to the end of what you've written.

Tip: Many authors confuse the use of and and &. All you need to do is think "is it part of a sentence" if so use "and", otherwise "&" (So & is always used when citing inside () and in references ).

Post-session activity

  • 1.8 (LO 1a, 1b) Continue writing the body of the report (about half a page) - synthesizing and critically evaluating information from article(s), citing in text and building the reference section.

VmvIcon References.png References

  1. Nesbit, T., & Martin, A. (2012) Enhancing Engagement in Large Course: The Facebook Experiment. In M. Lopez & M. Verhaart (Eds.) Proceedings of the 3rd annual conference of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education New Zealand (CITRENZ2012) incorporating the 25th Annual Conference of the National Advisory Committee on Computing Qualifications, Christchurch, New Zealand, October 8-10, 2012. ( ).