Present Your Research at the Virtual Research & Scholarship Symposium!

Virtual Research & Scholarship Symposium 2020 The College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) at the University of New England is proud to present and host the second annual CGPS Virtual Research & Scholarship Symposium. This is an opportunity for current CGPS students and alumni to share their work with professionals in their field while gaining conference and presentation experience. Share your research, expertise, and experience with fellow students! Timely topics, relevant research We are seeking proposals that address timely topics and current challenges faced by professionals in the fields of Education (and Leadership), Health Informatics, Nutrition, Public Health, and Social Work. Proposals will be grounded in best practices, informed by research, and will align with the professional development needs of attendees. Share your knowledge In… Read more >>
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Webinar: Using RefWorks for Online Learning

Webinar Series We are happy to present a webinar, developed and delivered by Cadence Atchinson, our Online Research and Teaching Librarian, on how to use RefWorks for learning and scholarship. This webinar was designed specifically for faculty and staff working with online learners, but it should be useful for just about anyone. Enjoy.
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A Qiqqa Way to Reference Management

Reference Management Whether you are a student, faculty member, researcher, or instructional designer, there comes a point when you realize there must be a better way to manage and organize your PDF collection.  I reached my tipping point when my PDF collection topped 100 half-way into my second, research-heavy online course.  As a technology neophyte, I had no idea how many tools were out there that could help me organize and manage my research.  After I figured that out, the question became: Which Tool? There is no questioning the value in finding the article or research you need, when you need it.  According to Mead and Berryman (2010) “Few people ever capture their search strategies and carefully download their references…people want to… Read more >>
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The Scholar-Practitioner: Bridging the Gap between Research and Profession

Scholar Practitioners Teaching teachers to teach is about as meta as it comes. But how do we best prepare professional educators to teach students who will likely work in jobs that haven’t yet been created? One answer to that question may very well lie in research. Research has long been a cornerstone of graduate education, but the rapidly changing 21st century job market demands that we move graduate level work beyond annotated bibliographies and research papers in favor of activities and assessments that provide students with opportunities to apply that research. The shift is an important one for authentic professional practice, as students craft portfolio-ready deliverables that not only showcase what they know but also reveal what they can do with that… Read more >>
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Web Annotation Tools

Web Annotation I’ve called attention to web annotation tools in the past, the reason being that I am among those internet weirdos who thinks there are conversations to be had across domains that, right now, are difficult to maintain because commenting functionality is largely restricted to the domain in which any particular resource is published. Aggregators like Reddit and Imzy show the need for environments that allow us to talk about web resources in new contexts, as do scholarly research tools like Zotero and Mendeley. Web annotation allow those types of conversations to bounce more nimbly between these constructed contexts and the context of the article itself. My work in education has led me to think that this kind of… Read more >>
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ACTEM Conference Sneak Peek: Scoop.it

scoop.it screenshot for ACTEM Conference We’re off tomorrow to Bangor, ME, to present at the annual ACTEM Conference. I am presenting with the lovely Susan Barrett Hyde on the subject of web tools for scaffolded assignments. I hope to subdivide the general scope of the presentation into several blog posts to tide me over into 2016, and I thought I’d start things off with one of the tools I found myself using quite a bit, two or so years ago. The tool is Scoop.it, and its angle is that it provides users with an attractive, full-featured-yet-easy, magazine-style (mouthful!) curation space. Much like Pinterest, users subscribe to one another and good curators are rewarded with likes and new subscribers. The difference between Pinterest and… Read more >>
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Using Google Forms

Google Forms Hey everyone, We’re back again this week with a quick overview of how to get started with Google Forms. I was surprised to find that we hadn’t covered Google Forms before, so consider this post an introduction to some of its basic features. Because Google Forms does merit much more attention, expect that we’ll return to the tool in the future with deeper treatment of the different ways in which you can USE Google Forms, either as student, staff or faculty. Suffice to say, Forms is an excellent option for collecting and organizing information from large numbers of people. And, because it automatically stores the information in the Excel-like Google Sheets, the resulting data is immediately ready for treatment and… Read more >>
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Online Research with Evernote

Use Evernote to Study Online This is not how online students study. Except for the screaming. That may sometimes occur. Studying as an online student The traditional student cram session, as it appears in the movies, takes place in a checked-out library study room, books piled high to either side of one disheveled, hangdog face. Maybe some of us have put ourselves in exactly this situation only to realize that neither the process—as romanticized through montage backed by a brass section—nor the outlook—always the climactic moment when the protagonist’s furious-if-tardy efforts are finally rewarded—are as rosy as is portrayed. First, because cramming before a test is a good way to come away having learned none of the material (and probably with a bad grade… Read more >>
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Other Options for Presentations (and Some Tips on Doing Research)

How to Override a Grade At a request of a faculty member, I have been researching some video presentation options beyond the standard Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. I began my research in Google Docs (Google Drive). If you have never done it, you should at least give it a shot. You will like it. In fact, you may like the Research Tool enough to share with your students to use when they are working on their research papers. So, here are two tools I have looked up. WeVideo Online video editing, free for personal accounts with limits of 15 min movies exported in 480p (small, low res movies). Better options, including sharing media to edit, and creating shared projects for a fee. Download WeVideo Moovly Animated… Read more >>
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