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Friday, May 13 • 11:45am - 12:45pm
Building Undergraduate Liberal Arts Research Skills

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The Liberal Arts Collaborative Archive Project seeks to develop an interactive, interdisciplinary, technologically informed, undergraduate research experience that uncovers, recovers, explores, and chronicles the story of the University of Texas at Austin.

The project focuses on developing authentic research skills in the liberal arts. In 1998, Boyer Commission Recommendations emphasized the importance of teaching research skills in college courses. Several studies have linked acquisition of key research skills to succeeding in college and to functioning effectively in an increasingly complex world. Research shows that undergraduates develop these important abilities most effectively through doing and sharing activities associated with research. Most undergraduate research programs focus on STEM fields; this project seeks to provide those opportunities for doing and sharing research in Liberal Arts. The history of the University of Texas provides an entry point for the project because of high student interest and rich and easy access to archival materials.

We see three reiterative project phases: Phase 1: Learning; Phase 2: Planning; and Phase 3: Implementing. Our Phase 1 goal is to discover, through partnerships among student interns, archivists, and faculty, just how students learn to conduct the “moves” basic to research and to navigate archival holdings. We are also interested in exploring ways to engage and work with students in practicing digital history by using the Omeka platform to organize, curate,and publish results of their work.

From student focus groups and journal data, as well as examination of student research products, faculty have learned a great deal about these key areas and have raised questions that they hope to address in Phases 2 & 3
* Person-to-person interactions (faculty and students; students and students)
* Course content
* Course structure

In this Birds of a Feather Session, project members will present key learning and open key questions for discussion in these areas.

Friday May 13, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm MST
COOR 186 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281