Research Essentials: Instructor FAQs
Research Essentials is the UMKC Libraries' information literacy program that is integrated into General Education.
- First Semester Experience students learn about the information production cycle and a wide variety of information literacy concepts, with a focus on authors, authority, and types of sources.
- Written Communication students learn about the developing search strategies, searching skills, and the usage of primary and secondary sources.
- Oral Communication students learn about topic development, source types, searching skills, and source evaluation.
See the Research Essentials Program Description for more details.
The Research Essentials curriculum is embedded in all sections of FSE, English 110 (online module only), English 225, and gen ed communication studies courses, and is optional in Discourse classes.
- Embed the Research Essentials online modules into your Canvas course. See "How do I embed Research Essentials in my Canvas site?"
- If the class is face-to-face or blended, you may schedule an instruction session in the library. (See "How do I schedule Research Essentials for my class?") Next, provide syllabi and research assignments to the teaching librarian, who customizes the instruction to the assignment theme and requirements.
- If the class is asynchronous, invite students to sign up for an online Research Essentials workshop at a time that works for them. We’ll provide workshops at different times that replicate the content we cover in each class. We’ll send you a link to the registration page with workshop dates and times for you to share with your students.
- Assign the Research Essentials online modules to your students. Students should complete the modules before the instruction session or online workshop--we use the flipped classroom to ensure that students can first absorb information literacy concepts and then practice applying those concepts for learning.
- Partner with the Research Essentials librarians. We'll help guide your students to the next level of information literacy competency, encouraging them to think critically about their research topic choices, to seek better and more diverse sources, and recommending individual help from a librarian at any time in the research process.
For text-based instructions, download this printable PDF.
Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Research Essentials online learning content is available to import into your Canvas course site through the Canvas Commons. (See detailed instructions under "How do I embed Research Essentials in my Canvas site?") Once embedded in your course site, the Research Essentials modules will generate a grade column in your course Gradebook. (Engl 110 and FSE courses do not incorporate a graded quiz.)
- One grade column will be for the Quiz module.
- The Quiz will come with a default point value. You can edit the values for each question to match your course point scale as necessary.
- Scores will appear in the grade column as soon as your students complete the quiz. You will have editing capabilities for the grade column as well as for individual scores.
Preview sample learning modules for 100, 200, and 300 level courses.
The Research Essentials Team at the library contacts relevant General Education instructors a week or so before the start of the semester to determine those who wish to schedule Research Essentials instruction.
Detailed scheduling instructions are provided to instructors every semester. Steps include completing a form with first and second date choices, receiving scheduling verification from the library, and being connected with the librarian who will be teaching your session.
The tutorials and class time were really helpful. I loved focussing on small details each session and allowing students to practice using those details. We did an in-class writing in response to our time and many said they appreciated the bite sized and detailed help.UMKC instructor
The tutorials & our actual library sessions reinforced things that I had already told my students earlier in the semester. Having these facts confirmed by a librarian seems to help students see that the things they are being taught are generally-accepted best research practices, and not things that I just make up.UMKC instructor
My student's sources are incredibly strong, and I can see a difference in students that attended that week and did the tutorials with students that didn't. Success!UMKC instructor
The online tutorial gets everyone on the same page before class on basic search strategy skills, allowing us to spend in-class time on sophisticated, music-specific examples both as a group and in individual hands-on application. Your work to develop these materials has been not an example but a practical boost to me in applying these strategies and approaches.UMKC instructor
I came across your Research Essential Tutorial "The Information Cycle" and wanted to commend the both of you for all the hard work to complete this tutorial. Great job. The tutorial had a great flow, was very informative and I loved the assessments in between each segment.UMKC instructor