This course will enable you to get a grasp of today's world of academic information and the ways in which scholars (including yourself) do their work. You will be walking with a research topic from initial problem statement through the gathering and analysis of research resources. Right now, you should begin thinking about a research topic, which can be from another course you are taking or an area of interest in your studies (leadership, current social issues, etc.).
Start with the Syllabus and then move on to each lesson in turn. The syllabus will explain the goals of the course, the content of the lessons, and the due dates for each of the 5 assignments.
I will be asking you to run your topic by me early so that I can alert you to any possible obstacles. From that point you will be turning the topic into a problem statement (research question or thesis) and doing a series of 5 assignments that will enable you to practice your skills.
The textbook for the course is William Badke. Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog, 6th ed. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse.com, 2017.
My main role as a professor will be to mentor you. That means that I will give you opportunity to resubmit assignments if they can be improved by acting on my comments. You will have two opportunities to resubmit after the first submission. This gives you up to three opportunities to complete the assignment.
Be sure to read the course materials and instructions carefully. There is a lot of detail here.
Online courses can be a bit of a lonely prospect, but think of your professor as a lifeline. E-mail me whenever you have any question at all. As far as getting work done in the course, it is advisable to schedule your time and seek to meet deadlines, since it is tempting with online courses to put things off to another day.
If you are experiencing any difficulties, please don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to support your success rather than be a problem to you. So please get in touch whenever you want to.
All grades with be of the letter variety (A, B, etc.) rather than numeric scores.