The use of the Internet has expanded the resources available to students and the resources available for the teaching of research and writing skills in your course. Oftentimes, instructors are not aware of the wealth and variety of sources available for teaching research and writing. The following resources are a good place to start, especially since many of these sites have links that will take you into whole new worlds of materials and activities.
These sites are organized by category so you can more easily find information that is relevant to your needs. A brief description of each site is included to give you an idea of the information that can be found there.
Besides the links that are listed in this section, many of the chapter-specific student activities included in the Student Resources section of this Web site, as well as the Web Sites Worth Knowing listed for each chapter, can be helpful for instructional purposes.
Following are some suggestions for how to use some of the Web activities and Web sites. Sample student papers, which are available in the Student Gallery section of this Web Site, can also be helpful in your instruction:
Many of the links and activities can help you expand your teaching repertoire regarding researching and writing. There are many general sites listed that help with the design of effective research assignments, grading issues, and even portfolio ideas, among other issues.
Since using the Internet for research often involves new skills for instructors, checking out some of the links below as well as the links offered under each chapter are a good way to build your electronic researching skills. For example, instructors are often not clear about how different search engines organize materials and search through data. The links provided in this section will give you important tips for your own research, as well as help you teach students more about this important skill.
Whether you teach in a computer lab or if you are in a classroom which has a computer and projection system available to you, you will most likely find the Web sites that include PowerPoint slides helpful. This applies to the links in this section as well as the Web Sites Worth Knowing in each chapter (sites that contain PowerPoint slides are identified as such). You can project these presentations live, or have students do so at their terminals. You may also want to project other links that have important information.
If you are not in a classroom environment, you can use PowerPoint slides as at-home lessons that students can run through on their own. Often faculty is away at conferences, etc., and these teaching slides can be helpful in providing Web-enhanced instruction to students who can then repeat the presentation as often as needed.
Since students enter your class with a variety of background research skills, using such slides as well as the other activities on this Web site can serve as a way for you to individualize students learning. If some students lack certain skills or need more practice with a skill, assigning certain activities and assigning certain links to review can help you get everyone up to speed without having to design additional assignments on your own.
Many of the Web activities that are offered for each chapter can be assigned as homework, and you may even require that students print out information and turn it in for credit, or as part of their research portfolio. Again, if students are in a lab environment, you may have them complete some of the Web activities in class or in pairs or groups.
Some of the Web activities also serve as tutorials, whether as in-class teaching materials or outside class homework. Checklists and other types of printable sheets from the Student Resources section that you may want to use in your instruction might also be used as peer review or collaboration activities, or simply as activities for individuals in class or outside the classroom.