Sitting in front of a blank computer screen when you are getting ready to dive in to a big research project can be daunting. You may think to yourself, I have no idea what I'm doing or where to begin! The good news is that you are probably more experienced in creating information than you realize. Remember that research is not simply about reproducing information, but about creating something new. No one else shares your exact experiences, values, or perspective. Let your uniqueness shine through in the content you create.
Consider the collaborative, rapidly evolving nature of information creation, especially in online social environments.
Metaliteracy recognizes the roles we take on, in person and in online environments, as we consume, produce, and share information using a range of changing technologies. You may not think of yourself as an author or a publisher, but chances are you are already practicing these roles. Consider the various ways that you create and share information, in person and in online environments, as a Metaliterate Learner.
While it may seem like a simple task, picking a topic is an important first step in the research process that deserves careful consideration. Here are some tips for generating ideas for an appropriate and engaging topic that you will actually want to work on.
When you have the freedom to choose your own research topic, it can be tough to know where to start. This video from Pfau Library (California State University, San Bernardino) gives you some useful tips for defeating the “Topic Monster.”
As children, creativity tends to come more naturally. As adults, sparking our inherent creativity can take practice. If you are feeling stuck, watch these videos to get your creative juices flowing.
Want to further cultivate your creativity? You may be interested in Ignite Your Everyday Creativity, a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by professors at SUNY Buffalo State.
There are a variety of tools available for sharing what you know about a topic. Consider incorporating some of these tools into your next presentation, or use them as a creative exercise if you are having trouble putting words on paper.
Innovate, Make, Create Center Resources
Learn how to create presentations, websites and multimedia projects with tools such as PowerPoint, Adobe PhotoShop, iMovie and Dreamweaver. The IMC is located in the basement of the University Library and offers a variety of resources and services.
Open Media Lab, created by professors at SUNY Old Westbury, provides tutorials on capturing, collecting, distributing and editing multimedia content using a variety of freely available software. The Student Projects section features inspiring examples of impactful multimedia storytelling.