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Questions?

Do you have questions about the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse?

  • Read the RCIM Frequently Asked Questions for students.
  • Email us at librarybadges@boisestate.edu
  • Come to Research Support with a Librarian in the Bronco Learning Commons (BLC) located on the first floor of the library.

We are available via email on Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm.. For help with Quizzes and Assignments, visit the Albertsons Library Bronco Learning Commons located on the first floor and speak with a librarian. We are available at the BLC Mon.-Thurs. 10am-4pm, or via email on Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm..

How to Access "Becoming a Learner"

As you complete the RCIM, you will learn that the library has some of the materials you will be assigned in your courses at Boise State.

In your University Foundations course, you are assigned to read chapters in Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education. This book should already be available in your UF 100 Canvas course UNLESS you opted out of inclusive access when you enrolled in the course or your UF100 instructor has not made the Course Materials tab viewable in your Canvas course. The Course Materials link should appear in the main Canvas menu on the left if it is activated.

If you opted out of inclusive access for UF100, you can still access Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education in the library through our course reserves program. You can come to the ASK Area located on the first floor of Albertsons Library to use this text in the library.

Introduction to the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse (RCIM)

What is the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse (RCIM)?

The Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse (RCIM) serves as an introduction to the Albertsons Library and research skills that will not only help you with your papers and projects but will also help you navigate information used in your personal life and future employment. You will view content and complete tasks in four content areas including:

  • The Albertsons Library
  • Strategies for searching
  • Learning how to use available tools to find quality sources
  • Evaluating sources

After completing the RCIM, you will receive a completion badge that you can show your instructor in order to receive credit for your work.

Getting Started

Access the RCIM at the following links:

UF100: https://boisestatecanvas.instructure.com/courses/25718

UF200: https://boisestatecanvas.instructure.com/courses/25719

Students will be automatically enrolled in the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse.

To verify that you have been successfully enrolled in the course:

  • Log into Canvas after the course opens.

  • Click on Dashboard or Courses (scroll down to select “All Courses”), and you will see Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse listed there.

If you think you may not have been enrolled, first check both the Dashboard AND Courses tabs in Canvas and then email librarybadges@boisestate.edu.

Grading

You will need to complete 7 quizzes and 2 assignments in the RCIM. Assignments and quizzes must be retaken until you receive a passing grade, and you may attempt them as many times as it takes for you to pass.

Schedule

The two final assignments are graded by Boise State University Librarians. Assignments are graded 24-48 hours after submission. Our grading schedule is 9am - 5pm, Monday-Friday. Assignments submitted on Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday will be graded the following Monday (except holidays).

Notifications

The final two assignments may require you to revise your responses based on feedback from Boise State University Librarians. To ensure you are notified of your grades and requests for revisions, turn on grading notifications by selecting "View Course Notifications" on the course main page and click on the toggle button under Grading in Course activities. 

Get Assignment Help

Visit the Albertsons Library Bronco Learning Commons and speak with any of our librarians to get help with the assignments, quizzes, or course content. Our office hours in the BLC are Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm. You can also use the library's chat reference service, available in the bottom corner on the library's homepage. We are available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I contact someone at Albertsons Library about the RCIM?

  • Email librarybadges@boisestate.edu. Someone will respond within one (1) business day.

Q: How do get help with the course content, quizzes, or assignments?

  • Visit the Albertsons Library Ask Area and speak to a librarian or use the library's chat reference service available in the bottom corner on the library's homepage. We are available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Q: How many library badges are there?

  • Students complete six required course modules with quizzes and two graded assignments in order to receive the ONE "I Am A Researcher" course badge. 

Q: How long does it take to complete all six modules?

  • Approximately 3-4 hours. Each module takes about 30-40 minutes to complete.

Q: How long will it take for my quizzes and assignments to be graded?

  • Expect a 24-48 hour turn-around time for grading. Our grading schedule is 9 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Assignments submitted on Friday evening will be graded the following Monday (except holidays). You can view your assignment grades in the Grades tab in Canvas. 

Q: What if I submit my assignment on Friday night?

  • Grading will occur the following Monday (except holidays).

Q: How can I avoid making common mistakes while earning my badge? 

  • Track your progress in the Grades and Badges tabs in the Canvas course. 

    • You must receive a minimum passing grade to progress in the course.

    • Assignments and quizzes with failing grades must be retaken until you receive a passing grade.

    • Note: A Canvas message of "submitted" only means the student submitted the assignment. It does not mean they passed.

‚ÄčQ: Will I be notified of my grades?

  • To turn on grading notifications, select “View Course Notifications” on the course main page and enable notifications by selecting the toggle button under Grading in Course Activities. 

Q: Why did I receive a zero on this assignment?

  • If you do not receive a passing score on an assignment that is graded by a librarian, we will provide feedback in Canvas. Check Canvas again for assignment feedback. You will need to resubmit the assignment to receive the required points.

Q: I click on something and there is no content on the screen. Why?

  • Possible reasons include:

  1. You skipped required parts of the previous module, such as:
    • You still need to click on "Mark Reviewed" at the end of the previous content.
    • You need to submit a quiz/assignment first, or you need to receive the minimum score required on a quiz or assignment. 
    • You need to click on the title of the assignment for it to appear.
  2. Canvas sometimes has a 15-20 minute lag before it recognizes your work.
  3. If none of these reasons describe your situation, please email librarybadges@boisestate.edu.

Q: I do not understand what to do on this assignment. Can you help me?

  • Contact us through librarybadges@boisestate.edu if you need clarification or guidance on course assignments. 

Q: Do I have to complete the two assignments at the end of the course?

  • Yes, these final assignments are required to earn your "I Am a Researcher" badge certificate.

Q: How will I get credit for this in my UF course?

  • Your UF professor will ask you to upload a screenshot of your completed Research and Critical Inquiry badge to award you credit for completing the Microcourse.

Q: Can I use an iPad?

  • There is a Canvas app in the Apple store that you can use on an iPad. However, we recommend that you use a desktop or laptop if you are having issues. To receive help resolving iPad errors with Canvas courses, please contact the campus Help Desk, (208) 426-4357 or helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

Troubleshooting Tips

Are you enrolled in the course?

Students taking UF100 or UF200 will be pre-enrolled in the course by the course opening date each semester.

Have you accepted the invitation to join the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse?

You will receive an email to your Boise State University student email from Canvas with a button to accept the invitation to join the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse. To accept the invitation, click the "Get Started" button in the email. Canvas will take you to your course and ask you to accept the enrollment. Click the "Accept" button. You should now be able to access the course from your Canvas Dashboard.

Where can I find the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse in Canvas?

You should be able to access teh course from your Canvas Dashboard. To access your Dashboard, log into Canvas after the course opens and click on Dashboard or Courses (scroll down to select “All Courses”), and you will see Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse listed there. If you think you may not have been enrolled, first check both the Dashboard AND Courses tabs in Canvas and then email librarybadges@boisestate.edu.

Are you getting an 'access denied' message?

Please ensure you are logged into my.boisestate and send a screenshot of the message to librarybadges@boisestate.edu.

You may also contact the campus Help Desk for assistance: helpdesk@boisestate.edu, (208) 426-4357, or go to https://www.boisestate.edu/oit/zone/ and use the "Chat with us" link.

Are you getting a message saying there is no 'content to display'?

This can mean that you have jumped ahead to a later module in the course. The course must be completed in order, so return to the last section or step you completed. Make sure to click “Done” and then “Next” to continue to the next page in the sequence.

Did you take the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse in a past semester but cannot find it?

Blackboard has been discontinued from use by Boise State effective 08/31/2021. If you did not save a screenshot of your Badge certificate, you should email librarybadges@boisestate.edu to ask if we have a record of you completing the course. If we don't, you will need to take the course over again in Canvas.

If you were enrolled in the Research and Critical Inquiry Microcourse in Canvas during a previous semester (summer 2021 or later), you may not see it on your current Canvas Dashboard. To find courses you’ve previously enrolled in, choose "Courses" in the Canvas menu. Then scroll down to click on "All Courses." You should find your semester's Microcourse in this list.

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