eInvestigators Is Making Online Research Fun

Monday, October 10, 2016
A student reacting in wonderment to his laptop screen

The answer to just about any question you can think of is often just a few keystrokes away. Want to know how many stars are in the Milky Way? A quick search of the web will give you the best answer mankind has.

But questions can’t always be answered so easily using your computer, nor can Googling do anything to help you develop your original thinking or critical analysis skills.  Or suppose you want to know what it’s like to be a doctor, or an anthropologist, or historian? When it comes to developing the skills vital to innovation and success, experience is often the best answer. And with Duke TIP’s eInvestigators, that’s exactly what you get.

The screen of each student’s computer becomes a doorway through which they discover what it’s like to be a doctor, archaeologist, or even a juror as they examine evidence and draw conclusions. The month-long session allows them to connect with other gifted students as they navigate through various academically challenging scenarios. They are given a month-long case to solve, new challenges each week, and the tools to help them find the answers. All according to their own schedule and from the comfort of their own home or school.

TIP’s eInvestigators comes with everything a student needs to become an online detective. The program provides participants with access to Web 2.0 tools, a revolutionary new way of creating, collaborating, editing, and sharing user-generated content online. Web 2.0 tools are easy to use—there’s no need to download them—and teachers and students can master most of these tools in minutes.

Navigating through the challenges of their case, Web 2.0 connect young eInvestigators with other gifted students and their instructor via video chat and messaging as they interact to discuss, collaborate, and share ideas. This year, TIP eInvestigators cases allow students to search for the right diagnosis for a patient’s strange symptoms, discover remnants of a lost civilization, and closely examine every piece of evidence in a legal case to reach a verdict. New cases will debut in the spring.

Throughout the eInvestigators program, students will have a blast without even having to leave the house. But they’ll also pick up on some important skills such as inquiry, self-representation, collaboration, creativity, communication, and academic honesty.

Ready to crack the case? Enroll in TIP’s eInvestigators, now!