Presentation Title

The Struggle is Real: Helping First-Year and Transfer Students Develop Fundamental Research Skills

Location

ELAB 38

Type of Presentation

Workshop (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Starting at a new University or College can be exciting and challenging. However, first-year and transfer students may struggle with fundamental research skills, which are not explicitly taught in the classroom. Libraries are in the perfect position to fill this gap. This workshop will explore how to develop an online research skill building series using the University of Central Florida’s experiences with their Research Tips Tuesdays program. The presenters will share how they identified student needs, built campus partnerships and utilized web conferencing software to meet students where they are and when they need it most. At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to identify characteristics of first year and transfer student skill gaps, create a program plan for a research skill building series, and identify campus partnership opportunities to increase visibility of programming.

Presentation Description

This workshop will explore how to develop an online research skill building series. The presenters will share how they identified student needs, built campus partnerships and utilized web conferencing software in their Research Tips Tuesdays series. At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to identify characteristics of first year and transfer student skill gaps, create a program plan for a research skill building series, and identify campus partnership opportunities to increase visibility of programming.

Session Goals

The goals of this session is to help librarians:

  • create programming that will increase student understanding of fundamental research skills, which are often overlooked in classroom instruction.
  • build partnership opportunities across campus through instructional support

Session Objectives

At the completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • identify characteristics of first year and transfer student skill gaps
  • create a program plan for a research skill building series
  • identify campus partners to increase visibility of programming

This workshop will be comprised of instructional content and small group activities. By the end of the workshop, participants will have developed an outline that they can use to develop a series of online or face to face workshops targeted for first year and transfer students to help build skills needed to succeed but are unlikely to be covered in class.

00:00-00:03: Introductions

00:03-00:10 Identifying skill gaps

  • What the research says
  • How we did it at UCF

00:10-00:20: [Small group] Develop a plan to ID skill gaps

00:20-00:35 Using backward design to build a holistic program (UCF Research Tips Tuesday case study)

  • Overview of backward design
  • Developing outcomes that are cohesive across multiple programs
  • Mapping to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework

00:35-00:45 [Think-Pair-share]

  1. Identify three possible program goals
  2. Discuss with a partner what a program series would involve
  3. Share with partner one positive and one challenge you think their program may encounter.

00:45-00:55 Utilizing campus partners to increase awareness and participation

  • UCF Case Study

00:55-1:05 [Elevator pitch]

  • Identify one potential campus partner and identify 2 ways your program could benefit their students or align with their goals
  • Design a one-minute “elevator pitch” to present to your identified campus partner
  • Practice your pitch with a partner in the room
  • Give feedback on your partner’s pitch.

1:05-1:15 [Group discussion] Next Steps and Q & A

Keywords

research skills, library instruction, transfer students, first-year students, online instruction

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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The Struggle is Real: Helping First-Year and Transfer Students Develop Fundamental Research Skills

ELAB 38

Starting at a new University or College can be exciting and challenging. However, first-year and transfer students may struggle with fundamental research skills, which are not explicitly taught in the classroom. Libraries are in the perfect position to fill this gap. This workshop will explore how to develop an online research skill building series using the University of Central Florida’s experiences with their Research Tips Tuesdays program. The presenters will share how they identified student needs, built campus partnerships and utilized web conferencing software to meet students where they are and when they need it most. At the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to identify characteristics of first year and transfer student skill gaps, create a program plan for a research skill building series, and identify campus partnership opportunities to increase visibility of programming.