COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
Course Name: EDR 610, Introduction to Research Instructor: Bob Stuckenschneider, Ed.D. Office Location: Eastburn Education Building, E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Objectives: This course is designed to introduce graduate
students to the elements of the research process.
It begins with an overview of the key steps
involved in planning and conducting research. The
remainder of the course then focuses upon the
individual steps or elements and the choices faced
by the researcher at each step. These steps include
identifying the following:
EDR 610, Introduction to Research
Bob Stuckenschneider, Ed.D.
Eastburn Education Building,
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the elements of the research process. It begins with an overview of the key steps involved in planning and conducting research. The remainder of the course then focuses upon the individual steps or elements and the choices faced by the researcher at each step. These steps include identifying the following:
IMPORTANT COURSE REQUIREMENT: You must maintain your e-mail and Internet access connection for the duration of the course. During this time, you are expected to check for, and CAREFULLY read. ANY/ALL incoming e-mail from your instructor and/or other students, and check in regularly to the VCC. I will be sending e-mails via the dana e-mail account provided you by NAU.
In order to maintain your course enrollment you MUST successfully complete the following four tasks by the due dates shown in the syllabus:
1. Send me an e-mail message addressed to email@example.com
2. In addition,
you will be required to take the self-test "Is
Distance Learning for Me?"
It is intended to give you an idea of what distance learning
is all about and to e-mail me your individual responses by
the date shown in the syllabus. The distance learning test
can be sent in the same e-mail with your personal
should use this opportunity to think carefully about your
own learning style and whether or not Web courses are a
good fit for your own individual learning style and
will be required to post a message of self-introduction in
our Virtual Conference Center (VCC) in the folder
entitled"Let's Break the Ice / Get Acquainted" by the due
date indicated. This serves as a test of your computing
skills and ability to navigate the VCC, which will be our
primary meeting and communication place.
4. Finally, you will be required to write a 3-5 page paper. The instructions will be in the VCC.
IMPORTANT: Students who do NOT contact me and complete the required 4 assignments during the first week of class (by September 6) will be externally administratively withdrawn (involuntarily dropped) from the class for "nonattendance." This is a university-wide policy explained in detail in the NAU Graduate Catalog. This policy applies regardless of particular format of class (i.e., traditional group face-to-face; IITV; Web-based).
Students will be assigned to groups. Each group will have its own workspace (folder) in the VCC.
Shortly after your assignment to a group, you and your fellow group members will be required to develop a Group Code of Conduct Contract. This will include, but not necessarily be limited to, the following group decisions:
(1) How will the group members communicate: e-mail, posting in group VCC folder, other?
(2) How often will individual group members be expected to log in and check for messages and updates from the group: every other day; every day; other?
(3) How will group roles and responsibilities be divided up: will there be a group leader? Will there be one group member designated to post the group's final agreed-upon assignment solutions in the VCC? or Will these responsibilities be rotated?If so, how? How will you handle individual members' needs for absence off-line (illness, travel, other contingencies)? This relates to Point (4), below:
(4) IMPORTANT: how will potential intra-group conflict be resolved? Problems in communication, differences of opinion, other area(s) of conflict? You MUST have an agreed-upon plan in place for identifying and attempting to resolve such intra-group issues. Think of me as "a higher court of appeals" in that regard! I will always be ready, willing and available to step in and help with any conflict resolution but ONLY as a FOLLOW-UP step to your FIRST working within your group as stated in your contract to attempt to resolve any such problems!
***Each group will be required to post its final agreed-upon Group Contract in the designated VCC folder by the date shown below in the syllabus.***
--All assignments including the final case study ( except for each student's personal information e-mail to me, the e-mailed results of the distance learning quiz, the initial VCC "Ice Breaker" posting, the paper, and Discussion topic posts, which are explained below ) will be done by groups rather than individually. Groups can communicate via e-mail, U.S. mail, phone, in-person or by posting in their assigned VCC workspace. One person from each group will be expected to post the group's final solution no earlier than one day prior to the listed due date, below.
All group assignments MUST be posted EXACTLY on the due date specified (ONE final posting per group by the designated group poster, as per your group's Contract).
The only exceptions are the 4 individual startup activities
1. introductory "Let's Break the Ice/ Get Acquainted" posting in the VCC
2. results of Distance Learning Self-Test
3. introductory VCC icebreaker posting, and
4. Initial paper on comparing 'researching a topic', and 'conducting research.' The directions are in the VCC.
***URGENT: Any student who does NOT successfully complete ALL FOUR startup activities above by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 9/6/05 will be administratively withdrawn (involuntarily dropped) from the course for 'failure to meet course prerequisites.'***
***It is important for you to CAREFULLY read the syllabus! This represents our mutual contract of expectations. Your continued voluntary enrollment in our course implies that you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the syllabus!***
--Group assignments will be made and posted by the instructor by 8:00 p .m. Friday, 9/9/05.
listed due dates, 8:00 p.m. is the assumed deadline.
This reinforces the fact that you must remain continually and actively engaged in our course throughout its duration.
If this is not possible, please contact me immediately so that your academic adviser and I can locate an alternative section of EDR 610 in which you may enroll.
It is VITAL, IMPORTANT and IMPERATIVE that EACH student logs in and checks the following areas at least every other day (and ideally daily) for the ENTIRE DURATION of the course:
a. VCC "Announcements and Updates" folder;
b. VCC "Questions and Answers" folder;
c. e-mail for any updates from his/her group members. Reminder: I will be using the dana e-mail account provided you by the university!
--Students are expected to use the VCC rather than e-mail to communicate with their instructor:
a. If you have a question about anything at all (the course materials, the syllabus how we do things, etc.) , please post it in the VCC "Questions and Answers" folder. You might check this folder first to see if your question has already been answered. I will check the VCC daily and endeavor to respond to all posted questions within 24 business hours;
b. You must also get in the habit of checking the VCC "Announcements" folder for last-minutes updates, changes and other important information;
c. Students may use any form to communicate with their group members regarding assignments and other group responsibilities. Alternatively, you are welcome to communicate with your group teammates by posting messages in your group's private VCC folder;
d. You may only e-mail your instructor in case of highly confidential, emergency or personal communications. In all other cases, you will be referred to the VCC and one of the above areas in reply to your e-mail message.
--These course materials are organized as follows:
with any questions or concerns you might have!
forget to first check our VCC"Questions and Answers" folder
to see if
(or at least improvable) if we:
a) communicate openly and honestly about it; and
b) put our heads together to brainstorm possible solutions.
what's not working, and
how we can make things better for you!
Due Dates for Assignments (all assignments are due on or before 8:00 p.m. on the dates shown in this section):
First official week of class (Week of Monday, 8/29/05 through Tuesday, 9/6/05):
-- Please familiarize yourself with our Web site, navigate to the URL, begin to download and print out our course materials, use the "Help" and other resource buttons provided on our Web page to gain practice in any specific task(s) with which you may be unfamiliar, etc.
--Complete your four required individual startup activities (required for you to maintain your enrollment in the course):
(1) individual contact information e-mailed to instructor;
(2) results of Distance Learning self-test e-mailed to instructor;
(3) individual self-introduction icebreaker posting;
(4) complete the required paper.
Week of Monday, 9/5/05:
(1) Participate in the first discussion topic.
(2) post group mate choices in the group preferences folder;
Week of Monday, 9/12/05:
(1) Contact your group members, get acquainted and establish your group communication procedures;
(2) Negotiate and formulate your Group Contract;
(3) Each group should designate one group member to post its final agreed-upon version of the Group Contract in the VCC folder of the same name by 8:00 p.m. Friday, 9/16/05.
(4) work on Module 1, Assignment 1
(reminder: ONE final group solution is to be posted per group in its designated VCC folder)
***You should ALWAYS keep at least one backup copy of your work! This will save you hardship and stress in case of a power failure or if you lose your connection while trying to post your solution to the VCC!***
Class starts 8/29/05
e-mail, distance learning quiz, paper, and VCC introduction by 9/6/05
group preferences filed by 9/8
groups selected by 9/9
Discussion Topic #1 from 9/6-9/12
Module 1, assignment 1 by 9/18
Discussion Topic #2 from 10/3-10/9
Module 3, assignment 1 by 10/16
Discussion Topic #3 *****DOUBLE POINTS***** from 10/31-11/6
Module 5, assignment 1 by 11/13
the trilogy of "Mission (NOT) Impossible" by 12/4
Class ends 12/16/05
***Reminder -- assignments may be turned in 1 working day earlier than the due date posted. Most of the due dates are on Sunday by 8:00 p.m., so you may turn in any assignment the Friday prior to the due date!
Please note: Several Module #6 assignments require a library search (locating published examples of actual research).
You are STRONGLY URGED to plan ahead regarding this library assignment (and please see upcoming syllabus discussion regarding 'the dangers of procrastination').
If you do not know how to use the facilities of Cline Library or some other local library to search for examples of published research, please let me know as soon as possible! I will put you in touch with sources of help in this regard!
*** You are also required to keep additional backup copies of all assignments submitted to me. Some assignments build on previous assignments, and you will be expected to have copies of your prior submissions in order to be able to complete the new assignments.
Additional IMPORTANT Grading & Student Evaluation Policies
A = 270 points or more
There are no extra credit assignments!
In a course such as this, where we have opportunities to work more flexibly and directly one-on-one regarding your learning needs, it is even more critical to keep in mind how a "good attitude" can greatly facilitate our working in positive partnership on your learning needs! For purposes of this course, we might consider a "good attitude" to be defined as follows:
In that regard:
Please don't hesitate to follow up with me if you would like further clarification of this vitally important course expectation!!! ***
The biggest single cause of problems that arise is PROCRASTINATION!! It leads to unnecessary stress and difficulty&emdash;which can be avoided by pacing yourself appropriately
You should plan to set aside regular study time (daily, weekly, etc.) to make regular progress on your course reading, assignments, and related study responsibilities. The Graduate College mandates a minimum of 15-20 hours a week per course of related study and preparation!
IMPORTANT: This course does NOT carry the option of a grade of "Incomplete." You may at any time elect to accept a grade of "Withdraw", which would enable you to re-enroll for the course at a future date and time.
The primary keys to success in this course may be summarized in two steps:
Policy on Academic Honesty, Integrity, Plagiarism, etc. The policies, rules and regulations set forth in the current NAU Student Handbook shall apply to this course. For more information, please contact NAU's Office of Student Life (520-523-5181).
E-mail Bob Stuckenschneider at firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Arizona University