Friday, May 27, 2016

SRL Blog Post Instructions


SRL Blog Posts

Blog Creation

Overview
You are asked to create a research blog where you will post your reviews and reference information for the papers you will read.  This blog may also be used to submit other assignments throughout the semester.  It will be shared with other members of the class, and you should leave comments open so that your classmates can make remarks on your posts.

Instructions
Go to Blogger and create a new blog.  If you are already logged in with a Google Account (either your TAMU or personal), you should be taken to your Blogger dashboard.  From there, click "New Blog" to start your research blog.

As mentioned before, make sure that comments are enabled, although they may be moderated if you wish.  You may name the blog whatever you like.

Obtaining Credit
You are not required to create any posts or make any comments on other blogs at the moment.  Just create it.  In order to get credit for creating it, and also to share the link with your classmates so that they may find your blog, please email your name and provide a link to your blog to Dr. Hammond.

Writing Your Blog Post
One blog post should be made for every paper assigned in the course.  Because this is done with every paper, it is not meant to be very burdensome.  You are asked to take a small amount of time to skim over the paper quickly, just enough to get the key points so that you know what the paper is about.  From this information, make a blog post according to the following format:

Citation
Include author list, paper name, publication information, and link to the paper (either a PDF or publication page).  This should be some standard, readable citation.  Google scholar can generate these for you if you search the paper name.

Summary
Your high-level description of the paper.  This does not need to be very long.  Just write a few sentences or a paragraph explaining enough about the paper that you will be able to remember it for later reference.  This paragraph should help you decide if you want to include the paper in your final report.

Discussion
Your impression of the paper.  This can include your thoughts on the method, what ideas it gave you, or anything else related to the paper.  This should be useful for you to peruse later as it may help give you ideas for your own project or remind you of some other, similar work you wanted to explore.

These posts will be mostly graded on completion, but you must put in sufficient effort to make it apparent that you have quickly read through the paper and would be able to talk intelligently about it.


Presentations

Everybody will need to present on at least one paper in this course.  Presentations are given at the beginning of class from the front of the room.  You should have some slides to augment your talk.

Presentations will be no more than 7 minutes in length, saving 3 minutes at the end for questions.  This allows for a maximum of 10 minutes per speaker.

This is primarily a completion grade since this is not a public speaking course.  However, it will be useful practice for you since you will undoubtedly (and may have already) present many research-related talks.  So please prepare appropriately so that you feel you can comfortably deliver a description of the paper and answer reasonable questions.

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