Whether in our academic pursuits or in daily life, we are surrounded by a complex information environment. Metaliteracy is the set of critical analysis and production skills that help us navigate that world. For example, who owns information or can it be owned? How can social media define us or expose us? How does ready access to an (over)abundance of information change how we think and function? In addition, while each discipline has its own way of doing research, good research skills are universal. This seminar will provide practical skills in information gathering and access useful for in-depth exploration in your own field, and the seminar may serve as a stepping stone for students embarking on their honors thesis project and eventually graduate school.
For the intersession term, the seminar will be taught in a hybrid online/in-person format. The first week (December 18-22) will be conducted online through BlackBoard. This week will consist primarily of readings, discussion boards, and short application assignments. Weeks 2 and 3 (January 2-12) will be in person, weekdays from 1 pm - 4:15 pm in Carlson Library Room 1025, where we can explore research techniques in a hands-on environment.
What is Research?
Print & Digital
|1/1 NO CLASS||1/2 CL1025
Students will be graded on several aspects: class participation and evidence of completing assigned readings (15%); written class assignments (40%); one essay-type midterm examinations aimed at questions on the changing nature of information (20%); and a project to prepare an annotated bibliography on a topic of their choosing (20%) and presentation on the research process used to prepare the bibliography (5%) This bibliography could be the first step in preparing your honors thesis, or it could be on any topic of your choosing that crosses interdisciplinary research lines.
|Presentation on Research Process||10|
(Four 10 pt. essays)
(Seven 10 pt. assignments)
|Class Participation & Attendance||40
(see syllabus regarding absences)
A standard scale will be applied to final grades (>93% A, 90-93%, A-, etc.)
Course Goals [Keyed to UT's Institutional Learning Outcomes]:
After taking this seminar, students will be able to:
There is no textbook for this course. As a seminar course, much of the class will revolve around discussion of the readings assigned here. All are available electronically (linked from this LibGuide). Please read all of the required readings by the day indicated.
Any student who feels s/he may qualify for academic accommodations in this course based on the impact of a disability should contact The Office of Academic Access (Rocket Hall 1820, Phone: 419-530-4981 or TTY 419-530-2612) to discuss your specific need(s).