NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Research Methods 2020

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Angela Houser

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020

Course completion: July 31, 2020

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Available Seats: 1 of 25

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $50

Course Description:

Search engines and databases are useful research tools. However, choosing the right tool for research can be challenging. An internet search engine, like Google, may be the right tool for some information needs but there is no control over the quality of information found in a general search inquiry. Thus, learning how to judge the information found online is an essential research skill. When doing academic research, the most appropriate tools are library databases and open education resources. This course will focus on research as a process of inquiry and evaluation.

Oftentimes, students have a difficult time using their research skills in the learning process. This is especially true in teens. They fail to see the value of assignments and take ownership in their learning. The second portion of this course will address the concepts of Connected Learning and Computational Thinking in teens. By developing an understanding and connection with teens, librarians can serve as the “connector” in connected learning and develop libraries as a place where computational thinking helps youth excel.


  1. Learn how to find, evaluate, and use information for academic research, professional development, and decision making.
  2. Learn effective searching and evaluation techniques for internet resources and various educational subscription databases.
  3. Learn how to incorporate educational resources into classroom instruction and student assignments.
  4. Gain understanding for why teens can be reluctant learners and discover how to to implement Connected Learning and Computational Thinking to drive student's successes.

"A wealth of resources were provided for students and teachers to conduct research."

"I learned about resources that I did not know were available - I feel that I can help my students better with research and will be more apt to have them do it."

"The instructor did a wonderful job. The teachers attending hit the ground running and she did not disappoint!"

"I valued learning how to navigate the deep web and bring it to my classroom."

"It completely opened my eyes to myriad resources available to me not only to enhance instruction as an English teacher, but for my personal growth as well!"

"I had no idea all of the databases were available. It was interesting as a teacher to learn how to access all of the information. I appreciated Angela's knowledge and passion and took the time to break down each individual database so we could learn how to navigate through them properly."

"The tours were very interesting. The state library building is impressive. There was a lot of good information that can be used in the classroom."

Very informative, concise and lovely."

"One of the most informative courses I have taken - I would highly recommend for every teacher."

About The Instructor

Angela Houser

Angela received her Master of Library & Information Students from The University of Alabama; Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University, and currently is the ND State Library Continuing Education Coordinator.

CARMEN REDDING received her LMO2 from Valley City State University; earned her MME from Minot State University and is on track to receive her MLS from Emporia State University.  She is currently the School & Youth Services Specialist at the North Dakota State Library. She was the recipient of the Allegro Band Award and the Golden Apple Teaching Award. She has 40+ years teaching experience.

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