This toolkit was created by CSUDH librarians, Carolyn Caffrey & Tessa Withorn, as a result of an information literacy assessment project of PSY 490 papers. The assessment process showed us that students could benefit from additional instructional support throughout their final project. We've created and assembled content here which you can mix and match within your course to teach information literacy skills.
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Large research papers are daunting tasks for students - one way to make the process less intimidating is through educational scaffolding. Scaffolding, or breaking an assignment into smaller chunks, helps students navigate the research process by going from topic to a final paper through low-stakes assignments and activities to keep students on track. Below are some suggestions for scaffolding the 490 research paper:
The following assignment template is an example that can be modified for your class needs. It was designed using some of the techniques from UNLV's Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Ed project. Download and edit the Word document, or view the embedded PDF below.