/Learning Online: Researching Your Project

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Provided by: University of Leeds

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 20200928

Subjects: Creative Technology, Digital Education, Information Technology, Internet of Things, Web Applications

Price: Free

Delivery Method: Online

Course overview

In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies.

 

You will understand  how to use search engines to uncover new information. You will learn how to build up your understanding of a topic through identifying and using multiple sources. You will then learn how to assess, evaluate and critically analyse the information available to you.

 

Using a wide range of learning activities, you will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that you find online.

 

This course can be started at any time after the advertised date and is available now.

Who is this course for

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

 

The specific course is ideal for those learners that want to learn how to research online and how to critically evaluate the information they find.

 

The course can also be used by teachers, as a classroom enrichment resource.

What will I learn

In this course you will:

 

  • Assess and record your current level of knowledge regarding searching and researching online.
  • Identify and discuss your search engine of choice.
  • Explore methods of using search tools more effectively to locate appropriate sources.
  • Perform web searches using different ‘operators’ and advanced search options.
  • Discuss the benefits of using a wide range of online sources for researching subjects.
  • Demonstrate effective use of multiple sources to contribute information in a collaborative environment.
  • Assess the quality and appropriateness of information found online to help determine its validity and contribute an example to the discussion.
  • Identify sources which need to be up-to-date and relevant in order to be of use when researching. Demonstrate an understanding of some of the core principles of how to critically assess a source.
  • Explore an information journey and produce a timeline relating to a topic of your choice.
  • Assess your post-course knowledge of researching by participating in the test which concludes the course.
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