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Why Low Stakes Activities?

Research Boosters: Strategies for Building Student Skills

The process of research is often more complex than students anticipate. Part of helping them succeed is making visible the steps in the research process and helping students recognize that each step will require them to employ different skills.

This section of the Faculty Toolkit provides small, low-stakes activities that can be adapted and deployed throughout the semester to help students develop the skills and understanding needed to get them to the finish line: the research project!

For each activity, we provide learning outcomes and information about materials required and time needed. The activities are organized by stages in the research process:

This collection of activities is ever evolving, and we would love to include your ideas, too. If you have a low-stakes activity idea for helping students develop understanding or skills for research, please email Professor Linda Miles.

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