Beyond the Note Card: Research in the 21st Century Workshop Syllabus
Facilitator: Connie Lindsey

Workshop Description and Objectives
Online tools and resources are changing the way we research. In this online workshop, we will explore how to conduct reliable scholarly research with online sources ranging from Web pages to online databases.

At the completion of this workshop, participants will know strategies for involving students in authentic research, including the following:
  • How to align instruction with the grade 7-12 research TEKS in the new ELAR standards and the CCRS (College & Career Readiness Standards).
  • Practicing inquiry while completing the process of research rather than writing a report.
  • Locating relevant information using both Internet searches and online library databases and evaluating the content for relevance and reliability.
  • Practicing scholarly integrity, including how and when to summarize, paraphrase, use direct quotes, and how to cite sources correctly.
  • Writing the I-Search paper and other written texts.
  • Creating multi-media presentations that convey a distinct point of view, appeal to a specific audience, and synthesize information from multiple points of view and research sources.

Policies and Procedures
Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants will receive 12 CPE units. Participants are expected to log in to the workshop a minimum of three days each week and complete all assignments, including required discussion posts in order to earn the 12 CPE units.
Therefore, it is important that you contact me if for ANY reason (personal or technical) you have problems completing the assignments.

All participants are expected to maintain a high degree of professionalism throughout the workshop. All communication should have a professional tone that includes use of good sentence structure and standard spelling. Remember to use email, not the discussion forum, to have personal conversations. When posting and responding in the discussion forum, make sure to address the ideas presented with respect. Respectful disagreement can create an exciting exchange of ideas, but personal comments will anger and/or embarrass people. Any personal or otherwise inappropriate content will be removed. Let’s all remember The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  • One Hour Introductory GoTo Meeting, (specify date and time)
  • Completion of each of the four modules
  • Logging in and completing activities a minimum of three days each week will satisfy the minimum attendance requirement. Not attending may result in a participant not being granted the 12 CPE’s upon the workshop’s completion.

Office Hours: (email and chat)
You may either email or call me during work hours and leave a voice message if I’m not available. Voice messages are immediately forwarded to my email, and I will reply as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours. You can also contact me to schedule a time for an online meeting if you need extra help.

Activities and Assessments
We will use a variety of activities to accomplish the workshop objectives:
  • Readings and selected websites
  • Online discussion forums
  • Sharing lessons and project ideas among participants

Each participant will submit all required activities to the workshop facilitator for review. Once submitted, the facilitator will assess the work and return it with suggestions for improvement, if necessary. Credit for the activity will be given once the participant makes the revisions.
Participants must earn credit for each activity to receive the 12 CPEs.

Workshop Requirements

Supporting Materials

We will be using online materials and resources during the workshop. Although optional print resources will be listed, participants are not required to purchase any materials.

Computer Configuration
Workshop participants must have access to a computer with the following minimum standards:
  • Pentium with Windows 95 or higher (or compatible MAC platform)
  • 56 K modem or network access to the Internet
  • 64 MB memory RAM
  • Hard drive with 40-50 MB space available
  • 15” monitor, 800 X 600, color or 16 bit
  • Sound card/speakers (microphone recommended)
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Latest version of Internet browser (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari)
  • Word processing program

Skills Required
  • Sending and receiving email
  • Use of the Internet
  • Word processing
  • Computer operation
  • Willingness to produce and share content with other workshop participants
  • Willingness to interact collaboratively with fellow participants