Scholarship as Literal Conversation

Submitted by Faith Rusk on August 9th, 2019
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Short Description: 

This activity helps students collectively practice summarizing, paraphrasing and quoting. To begin, students have a conversation as a class on any topic of their choosing. The instructor transcribes the conversation and then as a group, the class examines the conversation and write summaries, paraphrases and quotes.

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Learning Outcomes: 

Students will be able to effectively summarize, paraphrase, and quote, using in-text citations


Information Literacy concepts:

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Course Context (e.g. how it was implemented or integrated): 

This activity can be used in a one-shot library instruction class or by an instructor in a semester long course.

Potential Pitfalls and Teaching Tips: 

Students are often eager to lead their own discussion, but it they need prompting, don't be afraid to ask probing or follow up questions ("Why do you like hop-hop? What is it you enjoy?") or assign opinions to them, ("So your favorite type of music is show tunes!") to get them to explain why they do or do not like what you've thrown out, or respond instead with an opinion of their own.

Suggested Citation: 
Rusk, Faith. "Scholarship as Literal Conversation." CORA (Community of Online Research Assignments), 2019.