RIOT V. 2

 

RIOT v.2

is an updated version of the Research Instruction Online Tutorial created in 2002. The original tutorial was designed to augment the information literacy component of the PWR first-year writing courses. RIOT v.2 maintains that goal with updated content and design.

The tutorial’s main objective is to enhance students’ information literacy. In addition RIOT v.2 aims to:

  • Present research as an intellectual process connected to learning and inquiry
  • Anchor Information Literacy concepts in the first-year writing curriculum and student assignments
  • Provide a conceptual overview of the research process (Modules 1-4) as well as CU tool-based instruction (Module 5)
MODULE 1 Think
Module 1

Learning Goals:

  • to recognize assignment requirements
  • to choose a topic
  • to brainstorm
  • to locate background information
  • to determine specific information needs
  • to begin research question formulation

Complementary activities:

  • Brainstorming, mind mapping, free writing (topic)
  • Background research
  • Project statement (question formation)
  • Keywords (focus formulation, listing)

Components:

  • Topic selection suggestions
  • Brainstorm components of topic
  • Background research
  • Identify information gaps/ need to knows
  • Examples of research question generation
  • Discipline discussion
MODULE 2 Find
Module 2

Learning Goals:

  • to distinguish between information source types
  • to judge appropriate source type for needs
  • to choose appropriate search strategy and tool

Complementary activities:

  • Identify research questions and sub topics
  • Identify audience
  • Identify voices in the conversation (where)

Components

  • Overview of information types
    • Books
    • Popular articles
    • Peer reviewed articles
    • Web sites
    • People/interviews
  • Overview of tools for discovery
    • Catalog
    • Databases
    • Web search engines
    • Teachers/ friends/ family
  • Search terms
    • Brainstorming
    • Combining
    • Recording
    • Recursive
  • Focus formulation
MODULE 3 Evaluate
Module 3

Learning Goals:

  • to understand the need for critical evaluation
  • to explore evaluation criteria

Complementary activities:

  • Annotated bibliography
  • Author background investigation
  • Identify information gaps

Components:

  • Why evaluate
  • Questionsto guide evaluation
  • Examples
MODULE 4 Cite
Module 4

Learning Goals:

  • to recognize research conversation
  • to understand academic integrity
  • to understand pragmatics of citing

Complementary activities:

  • Drafting
  • Constructing bibliography

Components:

  • Dicussion of research and its connection to writing and knowledge creation
    • Academic integrity (plagiarism)
    • Pragmatics of citing
    • When to cite: paraphrase, summarize, direct quote
    • How to cite: introduction to styles
MODULE 5 Tools
Module 5

Learning Goals:

  • to become familiar with local tools
  • to actively engage previous module concepts

Components:

  • CU Library web page overview
  • Chinook
  • Choosing¬† a database
    • Subjects
    • Formats
    • Common database interface features
      • Search fields
      • Limiting
      • Full text options
      • Email/save
      • Help available
Help RIOT v.2 is available from D2L at: https://learn.colorado.edu/

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