Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Summer Faculty Workshop: Research Across the Curriculum

We are pleased to announce the second annual offering of a professional development program from the library, Research Across the Curriculum. Its purpose is to help faculty design or tweak, and implement, a research-based assignment in their course. From developing a research assignment, to creating a curriculum to teach research skills, to how to grade and give feedback on research assignments, we hope this program will give you confidence in your teaching and produce better quality research projects and improved student learning outcomes. This program is co-facilitated by a GCC librarian and a full-time faculty member.

2016’s participants rated this workshop a 9.5 out of 10!

Apply for the 2017 workshop here!

The 2017 workshop will be taught by librarian Tim Dolan and science faculty member Amanda Hyde. This workshop consists of three half-day sessions, from 9 am to noon, on June 6th, 7th, and 8th. You will leave the workshop with a completed, ready-to-go assignment, an associated curriculum to ensure your students’ success, and $300 for your hard work.

The workshop is open to both adjuncts and full-time faculty. There are 10 available spots. Those that apply by May 14th will be given preference.

Here’s what last year’s participants had to say:

  • “[This workshop provided an] Overview of the steps in the whole [research] process, time and scaffolding to think about what was needed for one or more specific steps…great assignment ideas; exposure to a variety of goals to consider.”
  • “Information literacy is an important SCIENTIFIC tool, and one that can help social science students sift through all the “junk” out there online, better determining what’s “junk” and what’s scientifically-arrived at.”
  • “It was a rich experience pedagogically, intellectually, and collegially.”
  • “Thank you once again for such an excellent program.”

This workshop is based on the Writing Across the Curriculum program that has enjoyed both national and local success. We hope that this model will provide you with the time, support, and peer feedback that you need to make meaningful changes to that pesky research assignment that never quite works out — or to give you the confidence to try adding a research component to your class for the first time.

Not quite sure what this might look like? Here is a sample of our syllabus:

Day 1

  • Icebreakers and introductions
  • Defining information literacy
  • Introduction to backwards design
  • Discussion of applications within your discipline/course
  • In-class assignment and/or homework: develop and/or finalize information literacy learning outcomes for your course; reading(s)

Day 2

  • Present and discuss learning outcomes
  • Teaching research skills
  • Teaching supports for information literacy
  • Example information literacy curricula
  • In-class assignment and/or homework: revise learning outcomes; create a rough outline for a research curriculum for a course; brainstorm ideas for research assignments.

Day 3

  • Examples of creative research assignments
  • Work in groups to develop research assignment(s) and update syllabi
  • Present research assignments and final thoughts
  • Final deliverable: research assignment(s) and updated syllabi for one course

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the facilitators:

  • Tim Dolan,, 413-775-1872
  • Liza Harrington,, 413-775-1836
  • Amanda Hyde,, 413-775-1450
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