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Ask the ExpertsA few days later5.0000000000000010.000000000000010.000000000000020.00000000000005.00000000000000<div class="ExternalClass1E03421D280743B9893986A8B05AF654"><div><p>​Brainstorm and discuss the following questions:</p><div><ul><li><p> What is an online community? Ask members to identify words that describe online communities, and record the words on a whiteboard.<br></p></li><li><p> What online communities can they think of? Write down the communities.<br></p></li><li><p> Which community would they consider visiting with their research questions?<br></p></li><li><p> What qualities makes one community better than another for asking questions and receiving good answers?<br></p></li></ul></div></div></div><div class="ExternalClass9E206ACB94B34B09979EE62B26F190AB"><p>​The Right Question Institute has created a very simple and powerful formula for developing questions. Their formula has four rules:</p><div><ul><li><p>Ask as many questions as you can<br></p></li><li><p>Do not stop to discuss, judge, or answer any questions<br></p></li><li><p>Write down every question exactly as it is stated<br></p></li><li><p>Change any statement into a question</p></li></ul></div><p>Explain these four rules to your members, and then prompt them to think about their research topic. </p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Ask them to brainstorm for five minutes about any research questions they have on their topic. Encourage them to keep producing questions even if they claim to have run out. Members should keep track of their questions on a piece of paper.</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">After five minutes has passed, ask them to look at their list of questions. Explain the difference between open ended questions and closed-ended questions. Open-ended questions invite a longer response. Closed-ended questions are typically answered with a “yes” or a “no”. An example of an open ended question to a video game developer is, "What was it like creating the characters for Super Mario Brothers?" The same question asked in a closed-ended style is, "Was it fun creating the characters for Super Mario Brothers?"</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Talk with your members about the benefits and drawbacks to each type of question. Why would they select one over the other? How can one type be converted into the other?</span><br></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Finally, ask them to take five minutes and prioritize their questions in terms of importance to their research project. What are the top five questions that will get them the most valuable information they can use to further their research?</span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass3E468F3FAD6E4B6793209E41EDDCE916"><p>​Ask the members to form small groups and ask their questions to each other. Which questions receive the best possible responses? Which receive responses that aren't helpful? How can the questions be improved to gather more relevant information? Members should revise their questions based upon what they learn from the group's feedback.</p></div><div class="ExternalClassC197228F8C984627BB7E1B4231FAB1BB"><div><p>​Members should search for, and then register with an expert community that can best answer their question needs. For example, is a popular community many young people visit to post questions and answers. But other good resources exist, too. To find other communities, they can:​</p><ul><li><p>Use the online form to ask a question of a librarian at the Library of Congress: <a href=""></a><br></p></li><li><p>Use and other online networks <br></p></li><li><p>Try the Math Forums at Drexel to ask for expert help in math<br></p></li><li><p>Use a search engine to find "online community" and the subject of their choice<br></p></li></ul><p>Show some examples of online experts, if you like: <br></p><ul><li><p>    Ask the fishing experts: <a href=""></a><br></p></li><li><p>    Investigating nanotechnology:  <a href=""></a><br></p></li></ul></div></div><div class="ExternalClass347042817F524A51AAFBFD683C029844"><p>​Members should copy and paste their correspondence into a document. Remind members to give the file a clear name and date, e.g., Expert-Correspondence-5-12-2014.doc.</p><p>This document should be uploaded into members' online portfolio and stored in an organized fashion. Help members identify an organization method (folders, tags) that works best for them and the technology they have selected for their portfolio. </p><p>The product of this activity counts toward their Advanced badge.​</p></div><div class="ExternalClass050913F1C4D742D58E37B963A4593298"><p>​Make sure to follow up with members. Reflect. How did it go? What was useful or helpful about the questions they asked? How would they change their approach in the future, or what would they do again?</p></div>/Lists/Coach/Flat.aspx?RootFolder=%2FLists%2FCoach%2FAsk%20the%20Experts&FolderCTID=0x01200200F3733329C0533443AE0C3B756D148148