Thursday, November 12, 2020

Online Writing Center

Let me be proactive here and send you information about the Online Writing Center (OWC) requirement on your literature reviews.

You have to make an appointment with the OWC sometime between now and the due date of your assignment for it to get graded at full credit. If you do not we will take 10% off the top of the paper (i.e. on the Fall 2 2020 Current readings class that is 5/50 points). Let me tell you, though, those students who use the OWC before they turn in assignments get higher grades than those who do not, so even in classes where this is not a requirement you may want to check them out to improve your grades. 

In the video below I walk you through the steps, but they are basically these: 

  1. Go to the OWC website
  2. Click on penji on the right-hand menu
  3. Create a penji profile if you haven't already by entering your A-State email and verifying it
  4. Click on the type of appointment you want (synchronous or asynchronous)
  5. Select your time slot
  6. Select your tutor
  7. Confirm the type of appointment (synchronous or asynchronous)
  8. Verify the information and click confirm
  9. Meet your tutor at the time slot you selected. 

Good luck on your papers everyone, work hard, and I cannot wait to hear how the OWC appointments went. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Literature matrix

I did not see this coming, but we learn as we go right?  I am also getting a lot of questions about how to work with a literature matrix, so I made you a video to help out.  A couple of other things I noticed since making the video are: 

  1. Make your settings so that anyone with the link can view your matrix, otherwise, the coaches will not have access to grade it. 
  2. If you are anything like me, it will be easier to discern patterns in the literature if you make a single document with 30 rows (aka 30 articles) instead of one document with 30 tabs (one per article). 
  3. You may change your research question at any time if you find that your question is not suitable to meet the assignment requirements. However, the longer you wait you will find yourself more in a time crunch because of how fast-paced the term is. 

The following video includes instructions on how-to: 

1) Access a specific database (SportDISCUS)

2) Enter multiple search terms (i.e. "Organizational Justice" AND "Sport*" OR "athle*")

3) Set search parameters to only include peer-reviewed articles

4) Save PDFs of the articles

5) Create and share a literature matrix on google sheets