Seek and Answer Team Project

OVERVIEW

To help you develop your information literacy skills as well as spark your curiosity in the fields of stress and pain, you will complete a "Seek and Answer" project with 1 or 2 of your classmates. You will research a question, prepare a well-designed 5-10 minute powerpoint presentation with the answer, record the presentation and email it to me. I will then show it to the class during one of our zoom meetings. You will be at this meeting to discuss the topic further and answer any questions people have. Later (probably that same day), everyone will take a quiz on your presentation.

FORMING TEAMS

 

Not many students like team projects, but "working well on a team" is a prized skill set that will serve you well. A complaint I often hear is that someone on the team did not put in much effort or time into the project. This forced the others to work harder and yet everyone received the same grade. We will attempt to prevent and minimize this using the procedure below.

1. If you know one or more classmates you would like to work with (maximize team size is three), let me know by the end of the first week. If everyone agrees to be on the team, the assumption is that you know and accept their work ethic and accountability. Also let me know which three seek and answer questions your team is most interested in.

2.  If #1 above does not apply, I will share with you a questionnaire. Here, you will enter your name and specify the number of hours you will commit to completing the project. You will also tell me which three seek and answer questions (see the link at the bottom of the page) you are most interested in. NOTE: Once you commit to a time, whether this is 30 minutes or 3 hours - you are making a promise to your teammates. I will match people up according to the amount of time they are able and willing to commit to the project and topic interests. 

3.  If #1 does not apply and you do not respond to the questionnaire described in #2 above, you will be paired up with 1-2 classmates who fall into the same boat. You will receive whichever seek and answer question remains.

4.  If anyone has issues with anyone else on the team, you need to have a respectful conversation with them. Give them time to make amends. In the meantime, keep notes on the issue and attempted solutions. If the issues are not rectified, the student the issues are about is at risk of having points deducted - depending on the severity of the issue and the student's response to the concerns the other students had about them.

DISCLAIMER and FYI:

 

I will do my best to try and assign you one of the seek and answer questions you expressed an interest in. However, I can not guarantee that this will happen.

If your team would like to come up with their own question - that is fine. But you must run it by me first!

ANSWERING THE QUESTION

To answer your question, each person on the team is required to find one layman source and one peer-reviewed article. Make sure that every source is unique (i.e. your teammate(s) have not already found and used it). Why the two types of sources? I am hoping that you will discover that what a google source tells you is not always accurate or complete.

The "layman's" source. For this you might try simply googling the question. These are sources that pretty much anyone would have access to - and require little to no specialized training or knowledge (beyond high school) to understand. Do NOT use Science Direct or NIH webpages as your layman's source. These are sites that start with https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article  and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov respectively. (But note that these sites can be used to find peer-reviewed sources - see below). 

 

The "peer-reviewed" source. To find these, log onto the SUU library website. Find the box that looks like the one shown on this page. Enter your key words and use Boolean Operators (AND, OR) between them as needed. If you require a refresher on using Boolean Operators, check out the short video below. Note: EBSCO search box, be sure to click on "scholarly/peer-reviewed articles".

Not sure if an article is peer-reviewed or a layman source? 
 

Simply e-mail me the full reference and I will let you know.

Not sure how to reference?
 

Click on the tab "Help Referencing APA Style" - located below on this webpage.

Not sure what your powerpoint should look like?
 

Check out the sample below.

Not sure how to record your presentation?
 

Simply google a "free screen recorder". If you cannot be together (physically) to do your recording, you will each need to record your own part and someone will need to stitch them together into one "movie". If no one on your team knows how to do this, then email the clips to me and let me know what order they go in. I will take care of the rest. This MUST be done at least 48 hours before your scheduled presentation time. In fact - all videos need to be emailed to me a minimum 48 hours before. In the event the file size is too large, you will need to save the file(s) to a google drive and share the link with me. Make sure to save the file as either .mov or .mp4