Whose Life is it Any Way? Or How One Professor Used an Overall Constructivist Approach and Strategies in a Senior Year Capstone Culminating Research Course

ID: 49270 Type: Poster/Demo
  1. Renee Shaffer, University of South Carolina, United States

Wednesday, June 29 5:15 PM-7:00 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C

Presider: Jodie Hemerda, Bridgepoint Education, United States

Abstract: This session will focus on the re-design and implementation of an asynchronous, senior level capstone research course at a major research institution. The student audience was made up of mostly learners whose academic career spanned many years, remedial courses, and multiple career choices. For many of them, the course was seen only as “a means to end” necessary in order to matriculate. Using Blackboard, this diverse group of students engaged in a semester-long “soul search” as well as a dramatic introduction to college writing. By modeling good online teaching behaviors and following a constructivist mindset, learners were assisted every step of the way through their first research writing course. The course provided a common place in reference to their skill sets, time constraints, behaviors, and priority levels. Problems and solutions will be addressed.

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