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University of Leeds

Learning Online: Researching Your Project

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

Overview

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In this course, you’ll explore the rich and diverse range of information available to you online, how to use search tools effectively, and the ways in which you can begin to assess information that you might want to use in your studies. Using a wide range of learning activities, you will be challenged to dig deeper and think critically about the information that you find online.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study online.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Taught by

Raphael Hallett and Angela Newton

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Reviews

4.5 rating, based on 46 reviews

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  • Anonymous
    The course was really helpful in giving me a foundation to boost future research. I am more confident in my researching skills. Thank you Futurelearn and University of Leeds!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The teaching plan was well thought out. At the beginning the tutor asks for input on what we hope to learn and get out of the course which is good way to start. The course had step by step instructions and teaching by topic. The exercises were useful,...
  • Anonymous
    Such a fantastic course!

    Researching Your Project course delivers such a high quality content and concise explanation in relation to online research skills. Additionally, bonus further reading/sources are so invaluable to me. In particular, the course's Week 2 containing critical thinking ability and other essential content contribute to excel learners with significant knowledge and skills with regard to online searching skill. It is more confident that I am able to apply those searching skills effectively and efficiently when it comes to doing online research project. Furthermore, I so much enjoy learning to advance critical thinking skill in order to evaluate different online sources critically. Such a worth learning!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course is quite complete as regards research online. I have taken it to see what new aspects of researching I might use with my 6th form high school students as they are entering university next year. To my surprise, I found quite a few interesting...
  • Robert Hall
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    Robert Hall completed this course.

    Last week I finished Google's free course at: https://coursebuilder.withgoogle.com/sample/course?use_last_location=true

    Today I finished this one and got all the answers right on the final test.

    Google's course was more comprehensive overall.

    The course here was aimed at students and did a good job with that in mind.
    I would like to see a much more thorough course that blended the two together and had more examples of what good researchers thought of the correct answers. Add a printable page of operators, a list of search engines and what they do best and include fact checking like: https://answers.library.american.edu/faq/282165
    Well done though and certainly worth time and effort.
  • Anonymous
    I will love to appreciate the fantastic course on research development process. I learn some new approaches on critical thinking and ideal formulation. This include the review of existing research to support broaden your idea. Evaluate alternatives interpretation and ideas and finally support your argument with evidence you will need to be include into research and data which will support your facts.
  • Anonymous
    Brilliant course and well structured .

    Informative and useful

    Taught me new techniques and enhanced my creativity
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was an extremely valuable course which i absolutely enjoyed completing. it was a valuable resource to start my research for my EPQ project and i would definitely recommend it to anyone needing help on research fr your EPQ. it provided me with information to further my research in a critical and evaluative manner, showing me how to use my search engines to gain different results relating to my chosen topics. it provides a great insight in the uses of research. i would recommend to anyone.
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    Abdullah Oladipupo
    This course is a very good one for students and those interested in research. It uses a simply style to educate and enlighten me about researching without complications and consequences. From searching for materials online to preventing any form of intellectual theft; plagiarism, appropriate way to cite a material among others.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I was a bit rusty in my thinking and definite sluggish in my ability to research. This course quickly helped me identify the key factors in verifying the authenticity of my research sources and gave me the confidence to now embark on some rigourous research. And I am immensely grateful that the course was free!!! Thankyou!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A practical and well structured course which would help students, school, undergraduate, post graduate in researching information for projects. The note taking template I found very useful as before I transcribed notes and did not use the critical thinking model which meant that notes were not as useful when going back to them for projects. The information on using a search engine effectively when researching a topic was most useful.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I mostly use google as a search tool I only found useful but with this course my eyes have been open to alot of search tools and database like Google scholar, Worldcat, ResearchGate, PubMed, Web of science etc. Also searching for a word phrase on google I will have to go through all result to find out best answer,but with what I have learnt, I may not need go through those stress again.
    Thanks for the privilege.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course. I enjoyed every bit of it and learnt new knowledge from this course. I think this new knowledge on online research will help me in my future researches. I wish all the very best to my instructor and her team. Thank you.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you to the source team for this excellent, well-constructed course. Although extremely challenging it was also very enjoyable. An amazing amount was covered in just 2 weeks, namely how to search more effectively and efficiently using various search...
  • Anonymous
    I have moved forward in my learning at 54 so needed to understand more about research. This course was spot on and I highly recommend ***** Now I need to find another subject !!
  • Anonymous
    This is a totally ground-breaking course. It helps everyone at every level. I would strongly recommend it to anyone. It is perfect for all research purposes.
  • Anonymous
    The content was put together. Enjoyed it. It would help me formulate my research thinking for further studies, and also for writing papers related to work.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course indeed. Structured, informative, easy to follow lessons were a great help for researchers. Cooperation from Educators is highly appreciable.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    When I joined the course, I was hoping for more detail . But realized later that the course has been designed to teach basics. Still, it managed to teach me a lot although I'm not a beginner. The content and tools in the second week of course are just amazingly beneficial!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found this programme easy and informative to do. I really enjoyed being part of this as it informed with lot of information that i was not aware of before. I found it interesting because there was a range of thing s to do it had video ,quizzes, questionnaire and many more.

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