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Teaching Students Research

Teaching Students Research workshops are led by librarians and faculty who have worked together to teach students how to do successful library research. Faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and others can attend to learn from the presenters and to gain inspiration. These workshops occur two or three times annually for 90 minutes over lunch at the Teaching Center in DCAL. The workshops are interactive, often giving the participants the same experience as the students in the class session that is being presented.

Some Past Workshop Topics

Writing Maps: Cartography as a Multimodal Project
This session begins with the premise that maps are arguments. When students analyze maps, they are interpreting a tendentious representation, not one that is disinterested or objective. When students construct a map, they are making choices that are fundamentally about writing: What information should be included or excluded? How is tone conveyed? How are elements of comparison or cause and effect written in a map? How might a map make an argument more immediately and clearly than prose? In this session, Lucinda Hall (map librarian) and Mark Koch (Institute for Writing and Rhetoric lecturer) will discuss how critical cartography and map composition can be used as a multi-modal assignment in writing and other courses.

A "Space" for Research: The Class Session in Rauner Library
One effective method for helping students grasp abstract concepts and make them see research potential in those concepts is to give them artifacts from which to hang their ideas. For COCO 15, "Space and Subjectivity," Samuel Levey and Mark Williams brought their class to Rauner Library to explore how space has been subjectively created and mapped in architectural texts, atlases, and artists' books. The result was a lively discussion that encouraged the students to expand their notion of possible avenues for research.

If you have ideas for future workshop topics, contact Laura Barrett.

Last Updated: 10/12/15