Create an Investigation

1. On the Welcome page, go to the Top Menu Bar, click the ‘Investigations’ drop down menu and select ‘Create an Investigation’.

2. The Create Investigation Builder introductory page outlines the process of building an investigation for your students and states the rationale behind the structure presented in this tool. Prior to building an investigation it is highly recommended that you as a professor have previously created investigation content through the visualization tools, concept mapping tool, or using outside resources (eg. images, movies, documentation, etc.) so that you can easily enter these into the investigation as you construct it. Building the investigation within the investigation builder is broken down into eight steps: 1) Learning Objectives, 2) Motivation, 3) Background, 4) Challenge, 5) Exploration, 6) Explanation, 7) Instructor Notes, and 8) Setup. This tutorial will take you through these eight steps. Click the green ‘Next’ button at the bottom of the Create Data Investigation Builder introductory page to begin. (Note, the blue ‘Save’ button appears at the bottom of all the following pages, however, in order to save the investigation you must enter an investigation title in the ‘Setup’ tab.)

3. Learning Objectives - Enter the science concepts you wish your students to investigate in the Content Goals field. This will help you stay focused on task as you develop the investigation. As with all the content entered in the following steps, this information can be edited later as the investigation is further developed. Click the green ‘Next’ button when you are done to move onto the ‘Motivation’ tab.

4. Motivation - Here you are entering the introductory overview text of the investigation. You can also insert images for a slideshow on the introductory page by browsing existing resources within the online database (‘Browse’) or by clicking the ‘Upload’ button to add an image from your computer. These images must be png, gif, jpg or jpeg files. Click the green ‘Next’ button when you are done to move onto the ‘Background’ tab.

5. Background - Here you enter text describing the background of the science you are going to teach. Similar to the ‘Motivation’ tab, you can add image content to background section by clicking the ‘Browse’ button to search the database or ‘Upload’ button to upload an image from your computer. In the ‘Question’ field enter a question on the background science topic. You can click the blue ‘Add another item’ button to add additional questions to drive the thought process behind the investigation. Click the green ‘Next’ button when you are done to move onto the ‘Challenge’ tab.

6. Challenge - Enter the challenge text in the challenge field. As with the ‘Background’ and ‘Motivation’ tabs, you may add images from the resource database or upload from your computer.  Click the green ‘Next’ button when you are done to move onto the ‘Exploration’ tab.

7. Exploration - Here you click the green buttons across the top of the page to:

a. ‘Add Concept Map’ Add an interactive concept map from the resource database.
b. ‘Add Visualization Instance’ Add a previously saved visualization from the resource database.
c. ‘Add Images’ Add images from the resource database.
d. Add Multimedia’ Add previously uploaded movies from the resource database.
e. ‘Add Documents’ Add previously uploaded documents from the resource database.

You should also enter text in the Guidance Text field to further explain the new resources added to the investigation.

When clicking any of the green buttons you are presented with a pop up of the available resources for the selected item. You simply click check box and then click the blue ‘Add Selected’ button to include it in the investigation. For the ‘Add Multimedia’ and ‘Add Document’ pop ups, you are presented with the option of uploading a file from your home computer. You simply click the green ‘Add New Resource’ button and follow the instructions for uploading a file.

Click the green ‘Next’ button at the bottom of the Exploration page when you are done to move onto the ‘Explanation’ tab.

8. Explanation - This is where the user adds questions and instructions for the students to complete the unit. Here you enter text describing the background of the science you are going to teach. Similar to other section in the Investigation Builder, you can enter a question in the ‘Question’ fields. You can click the blue ‘Add another item’ button to add additional questions. Click the green ‘Next’ button when you are done to move onto the ‘Instructor Notes’ tab.

9. Instructor Notes - This is an area where you as the primary author can add notes or links to external resources into the three fields (‘Instructional Tips’, ‘Preconceptions’, and ‘Resources’) for other professors to use when teaching or using this investigation in their coursework. Click the green ‘Next’ button when you are done to move onto the ‘Setup’ tab.

10. Setup In this final tab, you enter the title and a brief description of the activity that will pop up in the search fields when others are browsing your investigation. Click the blue ‘Save’ button at the bottom to save the investigation into the database.