This guide is intended to provide some practical advice for students preparing their Engaged Learning Proposals through:
- Providing context for the place of undergraduate research.
- Depicting the research cycle and the role independent scholars play as part of the larger scholarly community.
- Explaining the importance of tracking citations and providing tools to do so.
- Showing how bibliographic management software can make citating sources easier.
- Recommending the creation of a research schedule.
- Exhibiting the different aspects of the research process: cognitive, emotional, and physical.
- Offering advice on proposal writing and suggesting resources for further exploration.
- Urging students to consult a liaison librarian to assist them with research.
Due diligence = Do your homework
Start with the end in mind.
* What do you want to accomplish?
* What purpose does it serve?
* In your proposal, show how you plan to get there.
Successful Engaged Learning Projects
- Achieve concrete outcomes
- Advance specified personal learning goals
- Apply previous learning
- Communicate experience effectively
- Create a culminating academic experience
- Demonstrate an understanding of disciplinary norms
- Establish skills necessary for informed citizenship
- Impact the community in accordance with explicit project goals
- Produce original ideas and achievements
- Provide an important service
- Show personal engagement with the community
Student Learning Outcomes
SMU Engaged Learning Links
For ELPs, there are 2 separate research cycles:
- Research as part of the the approval phase, when you write your proposal.
- Research as part of the the post-activity phase, as you analyze research findings.
Research Cycle: Another View
from the University of Minnesota's Multi-Dimensional Framework for Academic Support