Project S-SOAR (Stepping Up to Strategies for Online Academic Research) is committed to helping all students, and especially students with learning disabilities, to efficiently conduct online research.
The project offers a free, Web-based Student Toolkit curriculum that incorporates text, images, videos, quizzes, and activities to show students how to use nine strategies for effective online academic research.
To prepare yourself to implement the nine strategies and the Student Toolkit in your classroom, complete the five eModules of the online professional development course. To get started follow these five easy steps.
Get Free Access for Your Students
Click here to see how to get free log-ins for your students.
To complete the Student Toolkit, students can use their own devices or share devices; you can also project lessons for the whole classroom from your own electronic device.
Learn the Nine Strategies for Doing Online Research
The Web-based Student Toolkit teaches students nine strategies for conducting an academic research project online, ending with a complete outline with notes and references.
It is important to teach students all nine strategies. Click on each icon to review each strategy’s key purpose:
See How the Student Toolkit is Structured
In the Student Toolkit, each strategy has its own page. The left menu bar makes navigation easy.
Strategies are broken down into three or four steps, each with a video, brief text, and a quiz. After learning each strategy, students complete an evaluation “Try It” activity for doing a research project online. Students watch videos to learn the strategies; videos may preferably be accessed through the Student Toolkit individually using Vimeo or with YouTube using this link when schools restrict access to Vimeo. If YouTube is also restricted, we can work with your school to make them accessible.
See What Students Can Do
Using the nine strategies, students learn to create a digital notebook of their online research. This is their final product. You can monitor progress by looking at students’ digital notebooks.
Click to see examples of student digital notebooks at four levels of mastery.
Create a System to Save Student Work
Create a system where students can make, save, and share their digital notebooks. For instance:
- Google Classroom or Google Drive
- MS Word or other word-processing software
- Other software or solutions
Take the Professional Development Course
Participate in Project S-SOAR Research
Teachers are encouraged to participate in Project S-SOAR research. Benefits include access to technology resources, possible stipends, support during implementation, and reports on pretest-posttest growth for students. The project is recruiting for a current study.
Start the Teacher Professional Development course.