alternatives to the research paper
Assemble background information on a company or organization in preparation for a hypothetical interview. For those continuing in academia, research prospective colleagues' and professors' backgrounds, publications, current research, etc.
This assignment asks students to find background information and articles related to the course content and reflect upon how this information expanded their understanding of the course material.
Students write the executive summary of a grant proposal, by doing research for the problem statement or statement of need section as well as the measurable objectives section.
Students do outside reading of sources they identify and evaluate themselves and use the information they discover to inform an in-class discussion of the topic. For example, ask each student to find background information about a topic you will be covering in class that week and serve as the class “expert” on that topic during the class discussion.
Using credible sources, students write or update a Wikipedia entry relate to the course topic. Students can first evaluate the sources used to create the original entry.
Students select sources on a topic and then cite, summarize and evaluate each source.
Students conduct the research for a paper except for writing the final draft. At various times, students are required to turn in 1) their choice of topic; 2) an annotated bibliography; 3) an outline; 4) a thesis statement; 5) an introduction and a conclusion.
Students select a topic and compare how that topic is treated in several different sources.
Students find a popular and scholarly article on a topic related to the class, briefly summarize the articles and describe how they differ. They can also be asked to keep a research log about how they found the articles.
Students read an editorial and find facts to support it. The instructor can also have students write an editorial and attach the research they did to support it.
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