Class Highlight - Fundamentals of Online Research


Class Highlight - Fundamentals of Online Research

What class?

LSTD 4700 – Fundamentals of Online Research

Why is it cool?

When you’re taking online classes, research can take up a good portion of your time. If you don’t know how or where to look for reliable information, it can be frustrating and exhausting.

Fundamentals of Online Research is a one-credit-hour option that will familiarize you with the various resources available for online research, both inside and outside the university. After touching base with the research librarian in your field of study, you’ll study and practice different forms of internet research with the goal of understanding how the tools can be applied in any course.

Fundamentals of Online Research is designed to help students learn how to locate reliable sources for their research topics using the OU library, government sources and professional association publications,” said course developer Michele Haynes. “It’s also designed to give students tangible plans for undertaking research in any field of study. The course should make online research easier in all of the courses throughout a student’s bachelor’s degree.”

"The course should make online research easier in all of the courses throughout a student’s bachelor’s degree.”

Haynes said students will be able to tailor the course and assignments to their own specific major or research topics, and by the end of the course, they’ll have an Online Research Toolkit they can use in any research project, inside or outside of academics.

Students will learn through lecture videos, outside research, readings, PowerPoints and discussions. They’ll leave the course with a highly-transferable and detailed plan of action for undertaking research on any topic.

“Students who have taken this course have commented on how much they wish they had learned these concepts earlier in their educational careers because of the online research skills learned,” Haynes said. “This course will expose students to research sources most students don’t realize are available to them and will ease the anxiety and confusion surrounding online research.”

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the OU Extended Campus College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.