Contacting Experts

So, today I took a plunge.

As part of the process of developing students’ research skills, I had them e-mail experts in their topics.  I tried to protect them a little.  I required them to find pages at universities related to their topic, and to contact the official personnel responsible for keeping up the website’s content; and the content itself had to have been recently-edited.  I figured that way they would be spared from disappointment.

But I’m kind of excited about what they might turn up.  There’s huge potential here, and if I can get them confident and excited about communicating with experts on the things they’re studying — well. That’s a huge step forward for many of them.

My hope is that something comes of all of this.  I’ll keep you informed.

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