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A SERIES OF ONLINE TUTORIAL FOR YOUR RESEARCH NEEDS

eLearn Centre is an e-learning portal where you can gain new research knowledge and skills. It shows you how to search the Internet more effectively by focusing on your search strategy and the right search techniques. So whether you are a student, parent or working adult, eLearn Centre has something for you.

Gain new knowledge and develop your research skills according to three levels – blueBasic, redAdvanced and greenContinuous Education. Each module includes a video lesson and interactive activities for fun learning. eLearn Centre modules can be accessed anytime and anywhere as long as you have Internet access.

 

Go on… visit eLearn Centre and use this guide book to become a savvy information user today!

 

No Login required. Access is free.

 


 

SOURCE – CHECK YOUR SOURCES

 

Internet Searching Skills blue

Learn how to craft search statements using methods such as Boolean searching and phrase searching to find appropriate Internet sources. From this fun and interactive course, you will also gain tips on evaluating and selecting relevant websites for your project work.

Identifying and choosing suitable online resources Singapore Infopedia, HistorySG, PictureSG, NewspaperSG, Archives Online
Differentiating functions of search tools – NLB Catalogue, OneSearch and more
Employing the most effective search strategies – Keywords, free text searches, specific subject headings

 

Visual Text Awareness Essentials red

The ability to analyse visual and textual information is key to thriving in today’s visually-rich, technology driven world. Through this course you will learn how to navigate social networking as well as how to make informed decisions, take positive steps and manage your digital footprint.

Identifying elements of visual-rich environment
Differentiating between overt and covert messages, meanings and interpretations
Applying S.U.R.E. to navigate and manage your social networking efforts

 

Savvy Internet Searchers red

When it comes to research, there are many credible online sources that can be helpful. The key to locating them quickly is simply to use the right search tools and strategies. In this course, you’ll learn the ‘art’ of advanced Internet searching and reap the benefits of this lifelong skill.

Identify information needs and resource types – Academic resources, deep web & portals, images, repository sites & Singapore-related content
Applying advanced search strategies – Phrase searching, domain searching, file type searching and in-title searching
Filtering and evaluating online resources – AACCO Criteria (Authority, Accuracy, Currency, Coverage and Objectivity)

 

blue Basic     red Advanced    green Continuous Education


 

 UNDERSTAND – UNDERSTANDING THE INFORMATION

 

Analysing Visual Text Made Easy For Kids blue

Designed for kids, this course will show them how to spot the critical elements and clues presented in visual images such as posters, brochures, websites and advertisements. Learn how to narrow down the different interpretations of a given scenario and write about them accordingly.

Explaining the various ways visual messages are presented – – Scenarios: at the supermarket, shopping mall, school, home
Unmasking the main ideas and meaning – Including creation strategies
Telling stories through visuals – Descriptive and picture stories, conflict and obstacle

 

Information Literacy for Educators green

IL for educatorsAs an educator, you need to build the skills to navigate the abundance of information available and how to use it effectively. You would also need to learn how to teach your students these same skills.

This course will cover Information Literacy models and how to integrate them into your curriculum.

Why Information Literacy? – What is Information Literacy and how educators can help students
Information Literacy models – Big6™, Empowering 8 and the 4 ways of S.U.R.E. (Source, Understand, Research and Evaluate)
Practising Information Literacy – Case study detailing when and how educators can make the project work assigned to students an experience in Information Literacy

 

blue Basic     red Advanced    green Continuous Education


 

RESEARCH – DIGGING DEEPER

Understanding and Using Newspapers for Research red

Newspapers offer a wealth of information that you, as a student, can tap on for your project work. In this course, you will learn all about newspapers, from understanding the differences between tabloids and broadsheets, to techniques on how to integrate newspaper articles into your project.

Know your newspapers – General, special-interest, broadsheets and tabloids
Evaluate newspaper articles 5W1H questioning technique, types of articles, photos, advertisements
Access the news – Pros and cons of using print vs. online newspaper resources
Use newspaper resources for your project – Learn how to use skimming and scanning techniques to extract information from news articles, how to paraphrase the information obtained and write citations for newspaper articles

 

Advanced Research Skills green

Advanced research skillsThe quality of research depends on the quality of resources found and how findings are analysed. In this course, you will learn how to research the smart way as well as how to deepen your knowledge and develop your ability to conduct in-depth research.

Choosing resources – Quantitative vs. qualitative, primary vs. secondary sources, two dimensions of research and Internet vs. print
Drawing up a research plan – What are the five steps?
Conducting literature review – Using the 3-step literature review approach
Analysing literature – Using Affinity Diagramming and Concept Mapping techniques
Writing the research report  – Format of an essay and research report, writing checklist

 

An Introduction to Basic Research Methods blue

“Collecting primary data is a pain, a chore and very tedious!” These are some remarks that students make when doing research. Do you feel the same? Conducting research can actually be simple, fun and very fulfilling, especially when you get to acquire new knowledge. In this course, you’ll learn a 5-step process that will help maximise your research output.

Strategising your research  – Using the 5-step research process
Establishing your research objectives
Step1: Define the project topic and problem statement
Step2: Identify the research objectives
Step3: Choose a research method
Planning your data collection
Step4: Collect the data
Step5: Analyse and interpret the data
Designing your surveysPopulation and sample, time and resources, questions and biases

 

Visual Text Analysis Essentials blue

Visual TextThis course is designed to help you become savvier when consuming the myriad of messages encountered daily via print, radio, TV and the Internet. In this course, you’ll find many examples and exercises that will help you critically evaluate and analyse messages to make informed conclusions.

Explaining the essentials of visual text analysis
Uncovering the layers of visual and text messages
Using the 5-Question techniques and AACCO criteria (Authority, Accuracy, Currency, Coverage and Objectivity)

 

 

 

blue Basic     red Advanced    green Continuous Education


 

EVALUATE – PRESENTING YOUR CONCLUSION

 

An Introduction to Basic Report Writing blue

Writing project reports can be painless or even fun, but only if you’re prepared for it. This course will teach you the tips, tricks and how-tos you will need for writing effective project reports.

Structure of a research report: Overview
– Elements of a good research report, eight sections of a research report and three stages of project reporting
Structure of a research report: Research methods and findings
Structure of a research report: Discussion, conclusion and recommendations
Planning and writing your research report Develop outline, gather information, know your audience

 

Advanced Research Report Writing red

After completing your research work for a project, the next step is writing the research report. Do you start your report, only to wonder if you are on the right track? In this course, you will learn the recommended structure for a well-organised research report, its different sections and what each segment should cover. Also, get tips on producing easy-to-read research reports.

Overview – How to structure and write a good research report
How to write literature review – Summarize and synthisise, in-text citation
How to write research findings – Research methods, findings and discussion
How to conclude a research report – Conclusion, bibliography and appendix

 

 

Introduction To Basic Presentation Skills blue

In this course, you will learn how to ace your presentations (and your grades)! Impress your teacher and classmates with well-designed presentation slides and the effective use of presentation tools.

Understanding teachers’ expectations  – Report content, presentation tools, preparation and techniques
Designing an effective presentation – Choosing the main points, using suitable presentation tools and designing impactful presentation slides
Delivering  an effective presentation – Rehearsing for the presentation, delivering it clearly, preparing for Q&A session, equipment and venue

 

Avoiding Plagiarism Made Easy For Kids blue

Plagiarism is copying someone else’s work and passing it off as your own. This is very uncool. In this fun-filled learning course, you will go on a mission to help Billy, who plagiarised because he wanted to complete his project quickly. As you answer the quizzes, you will learn how to use someone else’s work without plagiarising, as well as collect Cool Points so Billy can be cool in school again.

Plagiarism is uncool – What is Plagiarism and what is not?
Quoting and citing – Using the Citation Machine
Paraphrasing and summarising – The differences
Booster quiz  – Test how well you understand how citation works!

 

Cite It Right To Avoid Plagiarism green

When using information from the Internet or elsewhere, do you copy and paste it into your own report without the proper acknowledgements? If so, you could be committing an offence called plagiarism.

In this course, you will learn the dangers of plagiarism and how to avoid it, through means such as notetaking, paraphrasing and citation.

Plagiarism – what , why and how Dangers and consequences and how to avoid?
Note-taking and paraphrasing skills – Including techniques such as skimming and scanning
Referencing and citation techniques – When do you need to cite? Citation techniques (APA and MLA formats)
APA: American Psychological Association
MLA: Modern Language Association)

 

blue Basic     red Advanced    green Continuous Education


 

FAQs

1) Do I need a set of ID and Password to login?

The access to our eLearn tutorial is made seamless via web, therefore, you do not need them.

 

2) How do I keep track of my progress?

Each courseware is a bite-sized module. Quizzes are included to help you recall or apply what you have learnt earlier. You may proceed to the next module when you have completed a module in the courseware.

 

3) What is the duration for each eLearn tutorial?

Each module could be completed well under 15 minutes. However, the benefits of eLearn is that it allows you to learn at your own pace. You can also re-visit the module, whenever you want to.

 

4) Can I print the lesson plan?

The summary page is printable in PDF format. This document is found on the last page of each module.