A follow-up to my recent post about increasing the quality of students’ final products from collaborative research projects:
In my Spring 2021 research methods course, I gave students this outline to follow when writing their team’s research reports. I’ve revised the outline for Spring 2022. Each part in the new outline will get graded separately, with a summative grade for the entire report at the end of the semester.
I’m also thinking of being much more specific about the report’s layout, and grading the reports accordingly — similar to what has worked well with student presentations. I can envision the following criteria:
No more than two pages per part, which would limit the final report to eight pages.
Each part must include at least one data visualization — a chart or graph.
No photographic images.