Sunday, March 05, 2006

Susan Smith Nash on Electronic Research Notebooks

Hi everyone! Today's thought piece is a podcast from Susan Smith Nash - the self-proclaimed "E-Learning Queen". Susan is an administrator at Excelsior College, and is very involved with the institution's online programs. She is a prolific blogger and podcaster - see her website at:

The original poscast "Annotated Bibligraphies and Electronic Research Notebooks for Improved Research Papers" was published on 26 February 2006 at:

In the shownotes, Susan wrote:

"One of the most valuable assignments for an online course is the electronic research notebook. It can be used in any course, but is particularly useful in writing courses that prepare individuals for academic research and scholarly discourse production (essays, papers, capstones, essay tests, and a thesis). The electronic research notebook is, in essence, an annotated bibliography. The students can build and store an electronic notebook on a notebook computer, but this refers to something else. The electronic research notebook is the place where one records the results of research, and summarizes the important aspects of papers, books, and articles one has found as they relate to your research project.

What is the purpose? Keeping an electronic notebook in which one builds an annotated bibliography is an excellent way to take notes on research and keep the citations in their proper format. Moreover, going through this procedure allows one to read your articles in a focused manner. It allows an individual the chance to organize one's thoughts and make connections between the topic and what others have had to say."

I hope you enjoy this podcast!

Best regards,



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The E-Learning Queen explores all manner of online and distributed training and education, from instructional design to the construction and implementation of entire e-learning solutions. She finds real-world e-learning issues and applications particularly intriguing; in higher education, military, K-12, and corporate and humanitarian / not-for-profit realms.



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