All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

Using Online Resources for Peer Critiques of Graduate Theses
Unformatted Document Text:  USING ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PEER CRITIQUES OF GRADUATE THESES Dianne N. Long Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA Paper delivered at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose, CA February 22-24, 2008 ABSTRACT Graduate theses typically present a stumbling block for students attempting to complete requirements for degree. This paper presents ideas for implementing peer critiques of graduate theses chapters using online resources of Blackboard. This pedagogical approach provides opportunities for peers to both give and receive critiques of research writing. This feedback can facilitate student theses completion, since students can benefit from peer review of work and redrafting before chapters are submitted for instructor review. The Discussion Board platform for Blackboard provides a platform to upload chapter drafts and data displays for peer review. Rubrics developed by the instructor are used for peer scoring and critical commentary. Peer critiques may be credited for grading where the thesis is part of a seminar enrollment or part of an independent study enrollment. The author presents practical ideas for structuring online assignments. BACKGROUND Graduate theses typically present a stumbling block for students attempting to complete requirements for degree. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo requires Master of Public Policy students to take two graduate seminars constructed on a quarter term, each of which is eleven weeks. The Graduate Research Seminar acts as a culminating component to the Master of Public Policy program. Students conduct individual research leading to a graduate paper. This course is offered with weekly class lecture and discussion in the classroom with assignments posted on the Blackboard discussion board, an online platform. Students have access to Blackboard via the mycalpoly.edu web site. The first term course centers on preparing the research design, and the second term is devoted to data collection and management implementing the design. Students share research approaches and critique each other’s work on the Blackboard discussion board. During the data collection and management phase students prepare “how-to” Power Point presentations providing tips on implementing aspects of research design and use of qualitative and quantitative methods. These notes are also posted on the discussion board. Students are organized into three-person teams to enable each student to critique other student work. The course has an enrollment of approximately twenty students.

Authors: Long, Dianne.
first   previous   Page 1 of 8   next   last



background image
USING ONLINE RESOURCES
FOR PEER CRITIQUES OF GRADUATE THESES
Dianne N. Long
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA
Paper delivered at the American Political Science Association
Teaching and Learning Conference, San Jose, CA February 22-24, 2008
ABSTRACT
Graduate theses typically present a stumbling block for students attempting to complete
requirements for degree. This paper presents ideas for implementing peer critiques of graduate
theses chapters using online resources of Blackboard. This pedagogical approach provides
opportunities for peers to both give and receive critiques of research writing. This feedback can
facilitate student theses completion, since students can benefit from peer review of work and
redrafting before chapters are submitted for instructor review. The Discussion Board platform for
Blackboard provides a platform to upload chapter drafts and data displays for peer review.
Rubrics developed by the instructor are used for peer scoring and critical commentary. Peer
critiques may be credited for grading where the thesis is part of a seminar enrollment or part of an
independent study enrollment. The author presents practical ideas for structuring online
assignments.
BACKGROUND
Graduate theses typically present a stumbling block for students attempting to complete
requirements for degree. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo requires Master of Public Policy students to
take two graduate seminars constructed on a quarter term, each of which is eleven weeks. The
Graduate Research Seminar acts as a culminating component to the Master of Public Policy
program. Students conduct individual research leading to a graduate paper.
This course is offered with weekly class lecture and discussion in the classroom with assignments
posted on the Blackboard discussion board, an online platform. Students have access to
Blackboard via the mycalpoly.edu web site.
The first term course centers on preparing the research design, and the second term is devoted to
data collection and management implementing the design. Students share research approaches
and critique each other’s work on the Blackboard discussion board. During the data collection
and management phase students prepare “how-to” Power Point presentations providing tips on
implementing aspects of research design and use of qualitative and quantitative methods. These
notes are also posted on the discussion board. Students are organized into three-person teams to
enable each student to critique other student work. The course has an enrollment of
approximately twenty students.


Convention
All Academic Convention makes running your annual conference simple and cost effective. It is your online solution for abstract management, peer review, and scheduling for your annual meeting or convention.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 1 of 8   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.