In early October 2020, UMass Boston faculty and graduate students were invited to join the Remote Research Sub-Committee of the campus Research Committee for a deep dive into the practical and professional, personal and existential aspects of trying to do community-based and other human subjects research in the remote mode. This “Remote Research Symposium” generated helpful conversations, networking, suggestions and resource recommendations, all of which inspired the creation of this guide.
With the guidance of the sub-committee and based on resources curated by Associate Professor Rosalyn Negrón, Healey librarians Teresa Maceira, Lauren Movlai and Lucas Hall organized an extensive reference guide around the topics of the three breakout sessions at the October symposium, which were:
The new guide’s menu offers a link to each section; we hope you find the included resources to be useful as you navigate the challenges of managing community-based and human subjects research in the remote mode.
Faculty can choose individual videos and activities to incorporate into their classes as needed, or they can assign students to review entire modules. Faculty may select and assign the lessons independently, or they may assign specific modules or lessons to their students to review before a library instruction session. When students view the modules before a session with a librarian, students have more opportunities during that session to engage with library and information resources and expand on larger conversations about research and critical thinking.
Since the introduction of Credo Instruct this year, faculty feedback has been incredibly positive.
Faculty have told us:
“Tell me how I get your wonderful Credo segments into my class’s Blackboard page, so I can have them well prepared before they come to visit the library.” (Nursing)
“This is great!” (English)
“In advance of your visit, I had the students review Credo Instruct, choose a module that would be helpful for them, and then write a short paragraph explaining why the info was helpful.” (Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
Students have told us:
They like the content, pacing, and activities, especially the Test Your Knowledge segments.
The citation activities give them a better understanding of what a citation is and its different parts.
Viewing the module Presenting Research and Data gives them an understanding of how to synthesize information for a research paper. One student said, “In high school, I never even thought about where information was coming from. My teacher would give me an article and tell me to write about it. I didn’t have to do research; in high school everything was given to me. Until I viewed the module, I didn’t realize how complicated information is.”
“I watched the Evaluating Information module. My main takeaway was how ineffective Google is when evaluating for quality.”
We want to begin the new school year by reaffirming our mission to support our users. “We’ve Got You Covered” is our commitment to the campus and our community partners. If you need something, we will do everything we can to try to get it for you, whether it’s a specific research resource, research or classroom support, or any of the services offered by Healey Library staff. We’re here to help you and your students succeed, so please let us know what we can do for you.
*Please note: Fine amnesty for library items ended on January 31, 2019. Current Library fine and fee policies are now in effect.*
Healey Library is sponsoring a fine amnesty program until further notice. What does this mean for students?
All fines on regular items from Healey Library’s circulating collections (books and DVDs) will be forgiven upon the return of the item(s) to the library!
The removal of fines will also result in the removal of any holds from a student’s WISER account.
Please note the EXCEPTIONS to this amnesty:
Late fines on course reserve items, item recalls, or laptop fines The Library’s system of Course Reserves and recalls, as well as its circulating laptop collection, is set up to provide equitable access of Library materials and resources to all of our patrons. Late returns create difficulties for other students, faculty, or staff and so are not eligible for amnesty. Fines and holds on accounts will continue to be applied to late course reserve items, recalls, or laptops.
Late fines and fees on Interlibrary loan (ILL) items These fines and fees cannot be waived.
The deadline for submitting library reserves requests for Winter and Spring 2018 is Friday, December 15, 2017!
Why the compressed deadline? Because UMBrella is coming! You may have heard that Healey Library is in the process of transitioning to a new library system—one that will culminate in the launch of UMBrella, our new library search and discovery tool, at the end of January 2018.
While we are executing this system migration, our ability to perform reserves processing will be frozen for a short period of time. In order to work around this freeze, please submit your reserves requests for Winter and Spring 2018 by Friday, December 15, 2017. We cannot guarantee that any requests submitted after this date will be available for the start of the Winter and Spring semesters. This includes requests for the purchase of new materials, transfer requests, and the removal of materials you will no longer be using. Requests received after December 15 will be processed and added to the new system after February 1, 2018.
New purchase requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and as always, we strongly encourage faculty to utilize open educational resources (OERs), subscription resources available through the Library, and personal or review copies of textbooks to place on reserve.
As you know, one of the major expenses students incur in college is on textbooks and other materials for class. To help students cut down on schooling costs, universities and community colleges across the country have embarked on programs to replace textbooks with Open Educational Resources (OER). These are resources that are available at no or little cost to the student.
In addition to adopting OER content, faculty members can build on existing OER content as well as create new content to meet their teaching and pedagogical needs and give back to the open education community.