Tag Archives: Interviews

Baruch Faculty Members Modeling How They Research

I’m really excited by a project that the Writing Center is working on and that was previewed at today’s Teaching and Technology Conference. Keri Bertino and a student employee at the Writing Center have been editing a series of videotaped interviews they conducted with faculty members. In the interviews, the faculty members explain what research looks like in their discipline and talk about a specific exemplary work. Each faculty member answered a series of questions posed by the interviewers:


  1. Why do people write in your field?
  2. What kinds of questions are writers in your field trying to answer with their writing?


  1. What is the format or organization of a typical article in your field?
  2. What citation style does your field usually use?


  1. How is an argument usually introduced in writing in your field?
  2. How is that argument usually developed?


  1. What kind of evidence or research is used in your field?
  2. How is this evidence, research, or data used?
  3. How is previous scholarship and research used in writing in your field?
  4. How might a writer in your field address existing or potential conflicting theories or arguments?


  1. What kind of “voice” is appropriate to writing in your field?
  2. How might it be appropriate to insert the author’s point of view or experience into this writing?


  1. Are there any other characteristics or qualities of writing that seem typical of your field?

For students:

  1. What do you want a student to do and to learn when you ask them to write in your field?
  2. As they prepare to write, what questions should students ask themselves?
  3. What difficulties did you first encounter when writing in this field?

Once the videos are edited, they will be posted on the Writing Center website. I can imagine that these interviews could be really useful in our instructional efforts, as we try to help students understand what research really is in all its academic varieties. To give you a better sense of what this project is about, you may want to check out this teaser video made by Keri Bertino and her assistant in preparation for the presentation at today’s conference.

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A second video pulls together a sample of the responses that faculty gave to the questions and offers a nice preview of what the final videos will look like.

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Discussion of XBRL and the Semantic Web

On the Talking with Talis podcast, host Paul Miller recently spoke with Diane Mueller about XBRL and the semantic web. Listen to the recording (mp3) and check out the show notes.

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Making Online Govt. Docs Stable and Citable

A recent podcast by Jon Udell featured his interview with Silona Bonewald, who represents the League of Technical Voters. Bonewald talked about her efforts to develop a system whereby government documents can have permanent URLs down to the paragraph level (not just the document/web page level). Doing so would make it much easier to have conversations about government documents (think of the conversations, for example, that arise around specific pieces of legislation being drafted).

This slide presentation (with audio!) gives a good overview of the Citability.org project that Bonewald is working on.

Citability.org: Using advanced permalinks to make government information more accessible, reliable, and transparent

Bonewald, Silona. Interview by Jon Udell. Interviews with Innovators. IT Conversations, 11 August 2009. Web. 18 August 2009.
Parsons, Adrian. “Citability.org: Using Advanced Permalinks to Make Government Information More Accessible, Reliable, and Transparent.” Slideshare, 2009. Web. 18 August 2009.
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Rogue Assignments

Last year, Nina McHale offered in College and Research Libraries News some interesting advice about how to handle the rogue assignment, which she defines as one that “is a faculty-created, library-related assignment that, having been developed with the best possible intentions, is in some way out of sync with a library’s resources or does not provide students with a thorough introduction to them.” The article by McHale and an interview of her can be freely found online.

McHale, Nina. “Eradicating the Rogue Assignment: Intervention and Prevention.” College and Research Libraries News 69.5 (2008): n. pag. Web. 19 June 2009.

McHale, Nina. Interview by David Free. ACRL insider. Association of College and Research Libraries, 9 May 2008. Web. 19 June 2009.

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