Professor Tom Joli routinely teaches an undergraduate research methods course which has a large number of students enrolled, including majors from other departments. He has no teaching assistants assigned to him but believes strongly in a "hands on" approach to teaching and learning. Each year, he assigns students to conduct a research project which involves asking the undergraduates to collect data on purchasing patterns from "a few of their friends", code the surveys and enter the data into the computer. Professor Joli sees this as a way for students to do both collaborative and active learning and as a valuable experience in the "nuts and bolts" of research work. He uses the data as the basis for sole authored papers for presentation at national meetings and for subsequent publication.
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