Welcome and Overview
Welcome to Student2Scholar: Academic Literacies and Research Skills! These modules offer students a self-directed learning experience that will develop their research knowledge and skills for their own academic journey from student to scholar.
The purpose of the Facilitator's Guide is to support instructors, librarians, and faculty who provide instruction on academic literacy and research skills and wish to integrate some or all of the modules into existing curricula. This guide includes information on module design, application in the classroom, downloading and embedding module assets, saving and sharing module work, and badges.
Phases of Research and the Modules
Every module assists students with developing their abilities across key phases of research in the social sciences. These phases are 1) Inquiry and Exploration; 2) Investigation and Organization; 3) Analysis and Evaluation; and, 4) Creation and Communication. These four research phases are identified in the image map below, which also identifies the nine Student2Scholar modules (represented as M-1 to M-9) that are associated with these phases. Just as research is iterative, students may return to any module at any time on their learning journey.
Facilitator's Guide Instructions
This guide is fully online for the convenience of students, but downloadable files are also available. For detailed information about the Facilitator's Guide, click the tab series below.
Introduction to Student to Scholar (S2S)
Based on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the Council of Ontario Universities’ Graduate Degree Level Expectations (GDLEs), the Student2Scholar experience is designed to engage students in the topics, issues, and activities most relevant to them as novice and future scholars in the social sciences. These modules hone requisite skills to prepare novice researchers to understand and undertake research, and to participate in scholarly research communities in their field. While these modules are meant to develop students' core academic literacies and research skills, we recognize that each field within the social sciences is unique. In addition, these modules attempt to deepen understanding of all stages of the research and communication process, with the intention of complementing discipline-specific research theory and/or methods courses.
These modules use a range of accessible and interactive media objects and learning activities. In addition to numerous self-paced activities and assessments that provide immediate feedback, students are given multiple opportunities for multimedia content creation using freely available online tools. This content may be uploaded into their research workbook, which students are able to share with their course instructors, workshop facilitators, or research supervisor(s). Students are able to access module content sequentially or at any entry point based on their individual learning needs.
We hope you enjoy engaging with your students using these modules, and we welcome your feedback. Contact us through our Contact Form.
Module License and Use
These modules are licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-SA). Users are free to use, download, and modify any part of these modules with proper attribution.
Cite the modules:
Student to Scholar Team from Western University, University of Toronto, and Queen's University. (2015). Student2Scholar: Academic Literacies and Research Skills for Social Sciences Graduate Students. Retrieved from www.student2scholar.ca
The target audience for the S2S modules is graduate level social science students. Our intention is for these modules to support the diversity of our graduate student population who encompass people of different ages, races, ethnicities, genders, religious affiliations, and of varying socio-economic backgrounds. The primary audience for these modules is social science students, but in the initial testing phase of the modules (Summer 2015) librarians and instructors in the Arts and Humanities successfully mapped the modules to graduate-level research courses.
Learning Outcomes and Module Design
The learning outcomes for the S2S modules were developed primarily in the context of the following guidelines and expectations:
- Four-phase model of research
- The ACRL's new Information Literacy Framework based on threshold concepts
- The Council of Ontario Universities Graduate Degree-Level Expectations
The design framework for the S2S modules was developed primarily in the context of the following theoretical frameworks:
- User Interface Design
- Universal Design for Learning
- Backwards Design
For more information on the modules' learning outcomes and design framework, please download this PDF file.
How to Integrate the Modules in your Course Curriculum
The modules contain a variety of self-assessment, tests, quizzes, case studies, videos, and reflective activities, designed with flexibility of use in mind. To that end, facilitators are free to draw upon discrete activities within a module, to select one specific module, or to use the entire collection of modules for use within their courses. We encourage instructors to read the full module before making their selections.
When you read the module content, you will find that the modules have been written to be used independently by graduate students and that they can also be easily mapped to the curriculum of your courses. Careful attention has been paid to address different levels of learning, engage students in reflective practice, provide self-assessment and formative feedback, offer the opportunity for critical thinking, engage with case studies, and challenge assumptions about research.
The modules can be linked to from within your Learning Management System (LMS). Ask your institution’s IT department about ways to embed the link within your LMS.
The Student vs. Instructor Module View
Students and facilitators will have to create a unique login ID and password in order to access the modules. We invite faculty and librarians to explore the modules, look over the content, discover the modules best suited to their particular course(s), and gain navigation experience to better assist their students in using the modules. A Module Guide is also available to provide instructions on module use.
When a student logs into the S2S modules, they have sole access to view their own progression through the modules, the assessments they take, the quizzes they complete, and the workbook content they write. In other words, there is no ‘facilitator view’ into the content that your student has completed. In order to view, assess, or assign marks for your students' work within the modules, simply ask your students to go to “My Workbooks” (found on the left navigation on their screen), save their work as a PDF, and to send it to you via email, drop box, or other preferred submission method.
Module Navigation and Time to Completion
It will take students approximately three hours to complete all activities in each module. (Time to completion may vary.) You can choose to have students complete the activities in sequence, select specific modules, or select discrete activities within each module to suit your curricular needs. The S2S modules employ both top and left side navigation. On the top navigation, you can select a module from the drop-down menu. From here, look to the left side navigation for options to view the three parts of the module, to view and edit "My Workbooks," and to view the Achievements (the collection of badges earned to date).
The function of the badges is to incentivize all students working on the module content by employing a simple principle of gamification: students are more likely to proceed through challenges when they earn something in exchange for their efforts. The badges reward students and encourage their progress through the curriculum.
There are a total of 10 badges (1 per module). If students complete all of the activities in a module section (e.g. Module 1, Part A), they will receive part of a single badge. If students complete every section in a module, they will receive the completed badge for that module as well as a downloadable certificate (that will also be emailed to the user). Badge awards will be saved to students' individual profile to acknowledge section and module completion. Students can view their badges (completed and partly completed) in the Achievements section.
Instructors may choose to award course participation marks to students based on the completion of a badge or badges.
Activities Table and Facilitator Guide
The Activities Table provides a sortable list of all of the activities within the S2S modules. You can download the complete S2S Activities Table excel file.
The Facilitator's Guide provides additional activities within the S2S modules for mastery-level knowledge and skills related to information literacy and research skills. See column to the right of the page.
Facilitators may want to incorporate additional activities from the Facilitator's Guide into their classroom teaching to complement the online S2S modules.