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17th December 2008

lhoelter1:22pm: Great Teaching Blog
I've recently come across a fantastic blog for teaching faculty, http://teachingprofessor.blogspot.com/. You might already know about it, but in case you haven't had opportunity to stumble across it as I did, I recommend checking it out. It's authored by Maryellen Weimer, who is also the author of Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice and several other books on teaching and learning. Her blog, like her books, features thoughtful entries about practical topics. For example, this week's entry was on how to make sure games in the classroom are effective learning tools and last week's was about quiet students in classes where participation is rewarded. She keeps up on the teaching literature in a variety of fields (marketing, economics, business, etc.) and brings the research together in useful entries to her blog. You can also sign up to receive the posts via email. I highly recommend it!

Lynette Hoelter
Director of Educational Resources, ICPSR

19th November 2008

lindamd10:58am: Social Sciences Research Opportunities for Undergraduates!

As in the past, ICPSR is sponsoring two learning opportunities designed to immerse undergraduate students in social sciences research.  Our goal is to enable them to explore the social sciences as a career with an emphasis on social sciences research.

We encourage you to share this information with prospective students and their faculty and advisors!

ICPSR Undergraduate Research Paper Competition

ICPSR sponsors two undergraduate research paper competitions. The first competition, sponsored by the general archive at ICPSR, requires a research paper supported by quantitative analysis of any dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive or any of its special topic archives.

he second competition is sponsored by the Minority Data Resource Center (MDRC). The paper must address issues relevant to underrepresented minorities in the United States including immigrants, and data must be drawn from the MDRC. A separate committee will be formed to judge this competition.
The purpose of these competitions is to highlight the best undergraduate student research papers using quantitative data.  The objective is to encourage undergraduates to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within the ICPSR archive and presented in written form.

Up to three cash prizes will be awarded for each competition, and the deadline for submission is May 31, 2009.

ICPSR Undergraduate Internship

The ICPSR Internship is a 10-week program designed to familiarize students with social science research, data preparation, and analysis.  Interns work in the UNIX and Windows environments and gain experience using statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata to check data. Data processing skills will be applied to prepare social science data for permanent archiving and distribution for secondary analysis; preserving respondent anonymity; and composing descriptions of data collections. These positions are supervised by an experienced Research Associate.

Interns attend courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. Interns will be required to attend a weekly Lunch and Lecture series that will expose them to various aspects and departments of ICPSR and Institute for Social Research (ISR). There may be additional social and work-related functions involving other ICPSR staff and interns from other ISR units and summer programs.

This is a paid internship and the application deadline is February 2, 2009.

29th September 2008

lhoelter1:44pm: Launching the OLC!

We are about to formally announce the launch of the Online Learning Center!   I was lucky(?!) enough to arrive at ICPSR just about the time that discussions about developing something like this were becoming serious, so I've gotten to see this project go from abstract discussions about "wouldn't it be great if..." to the product launching this week.  Quite exciting!!!!!!  (But still very much a work in progress!)  While figuring out exactly how to make this work has been daunting at times, the process has also been very invigorating.  I don't get to teach as much as I'd like, but this pulls me back into the realm of education, reminds me of all of the interesting datasets in our holdings, and allows me to work with some very talented and creative folks to develop the DDLGs!  This is a new endeavor for ICPSR, but it is just the first in several projects planned to help with undergraduate social science instruction.  Stay tuned!


23rd April 2008

lhoelter10:53am: Testing the blog
 This is a space for instructors to share ideas about teaching, especially for those using ICPSR resources in the classroom.  Welcome! 
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