Typically, the focus of the CRC’s Fall Research Projects are chosen by the CRC via an open, democratic process of ranking various suggestions from members. This year, our focus found us! Given the college’s move to develop a fully online degree program, we’ve chosen to use the opportunity afforded to us by the Fall Research Projects to experiment with various forms of teaching comp online and test out how they work in our classes with our students.
During the CRC’s first fall 2018 meeting on September 20th, we will discuss various options faculty have for these projects. As always, these projects are classroom-based, empirically-grounded inquiries into student learning and student experiences with aspects of our pedagogy. Since our focus this year will be on online learning, some options that immediately come to mind are:
- providing feedback to student writing using an online platform
- managing the revision/drafting process on an online platform
- increasing instructor “presence” by using audio or video feedback online
- conducting discussions of readings online
- tracking labor instructor labor time using online platforms
- …and many other options!
In designing your own project, try to be quite specific about what you’d like to examine, and think about how will you “capture” some empirical data on it, and how you will assess the effectiveness of it. Will you ask/survey students about their perceptions of a particular online experience? Or will you do an analysis of the revisions that are written after a certain type of online feedback? Will you compare something in two different sections of your courses to see how student responses differ? Operationalizing what “effective” means is part of the intellectual task of this project, and it will likely look different in our various research projects.
Lastly, please remember that these projects can be done solo or they can be done collaboratively with some of your collaboration group colleagues. Sometime working together can actually be easier because you can support each other in finding secondary sources, working out the details of your method, etc.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Annie at any time with questions.
Helpful assessment files:
- Fall Research Project Write-up 2018
- Fall Research Project description 2018-2019
- Outcomes report 2018