Final Deadlines & Feedback – Updated!

Today was our last regular class meeting. I will be available for online and email feedback as well as for individual meetings throughout the Reading period and until our scheduled Final exam period (Wednesday, December 17 @ 9:00 AM). Please allow at least 48hrs for response to email queries. I will review posting on the Virtual Lab periodically, but if you need feedback more urgently, you can always send me a note via email, with a link to the posting you want me to take a look at.

The updated individual project final presentation instructions and sample structured abstracts reports from previous offerings of the course have been posted on the corresponding pages of the Virtual Lab.

Remember that your completed structured abstract for the group project is due on Thursday, December 11 (end of Reading period); he final structured abstract should be posted on your Virtual Lab’s group project page. In addition to the structured abstract, I would like you to submit an offline copy of your Qualtrics survey (e.g., PDFs or screenshots), copies of your original stimuli (Group 1 only; please label each stimuli condition with an informative file name), and a copy of your data files (with data analysis details, if applicable). This will facilitate my review process as well as provide samples for future offerings of this class. Please send the requested materials as a single .zip folder and include a PDF version of the structured abstract report.

Assignment due Thursday, December 4

1. Group project: Write as much as possible of the structured abstract report. Sections 1 and 2 should be easy to fill-in now. Decide how the work will be divided between group members. Remember that each student should contribute equally and that all students are required to contribute at least one sub-section in the results section. To facilitate the collaborative writing, I suggest that you copy and paste the structured abstract report template on your group project page. Remember to save a copy on your personal computer as you are working on it. The completed report will due Thursday, December 11 (end of Reading period). To make sure this goal is achieved, all data collection should be completed and groups should plan to meet to format the data and divide up the remaining work at the latest by this Friday, December 5.

2. Individual project: Write a short summary of today’s progress report and post it on your individual project page. In the spirit of collaborative learning, take some time to read your colleagues’ newest posts and post comments/suggestions/questions. You should also follow-up on the individual feedback/suggestions you got today. I will post specific requirement for the final presentations later this week.

Upcoming assignments – Updated!

Here are the most pressing tasks at hand:

1. Individual Projects: If you have not posted your re-formulated question and the citations & abstracts of the new sources you have identified on your individual project page yet (as detailed in no. 2, d. of the last assignment post on the “This Week” page), please do so as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to review collegues’ postings and add comments/questions as needed.

2. Group Projects: It is imperative that your survey/experiment on Qualtrics be tested as soon as possible. Most of the data collection will have to happen over the break, so if it is at all possible, put in the final necessary changes and email me the links so that we can run the study within the class. Once you have ascertained that everything is working the way you intend it to and that data is being recorded in a readable format, you can start sending out calls for participation. If you send them to me, I will be happy to pass them along to colleagues at other institutions. (Jordan & Geneviève: Because of the pre-processing involved in your experiment, my advise would be to run this pilot with any of the excerpts you are planning to include. You can replace the sound clips after you make your final choice and then just test the revised version yourself before making it “live”.)

The final deadline for making your study live and sending invitations to participate is Monday, December 1, 11:59 PM. This will give you only a few days to collect data and analyze it if you want to complete your structured abstract by the end of classes on Friday, December 5. Structured abstracts must be completed at the latest by the end of Reading period on Thursday, December 11. Instructions on writing the structured abstract are available here.

Note that much of the writing can be done before all the data is collected and analyzed. Thus, as an incentive, you are required to complete the writing of sections 1 and 2 by Thursday, December 4, 11:30 AM.

Have a nice Thanksgiving!

Assignment for Tuesday & Thursday, November 18 & 20

With only two full weeks of class left (weeks of November 17 & December 1), we are now zooming on the last essential tasks left for this course.

1. Group experiment project: For next Tuesday, you should try to get as much of the experimental design completed as possible so that we can run your experiment as a pilot. Post the link and invitation to the pilot study on the Forum page of the Virtual Lab as soon as it is ready and at the latest by class time on Tuesday. All students will be required to complete the pilot study for the other team and post questions/comments/concerns as a reply to the Forum post. We will use class time to complete this task and do some troubleshooting, so bring earphones!

I will be posted the template for the structured abstract report as well as sample reports from past offerings of this course on the Virtual Lab next week.

2. Individual project: On Thursday, we will use class time for a panel discussion of your individual projects. Each student should be ready to make a 5-10 minutes presentation and answer questions/comments from their peers. In preparation for this presentation, you will need to do/prepare the following:

a. Review the feedback on your lit review; I will post individual feedback on all projects by the end of the day, Friday, November 14. Post questions/comments using the reply function, as necessary.

b. Re-formulate your research question taking into consideration your background research. Is there a specific aspect of the topic that seems more fruitful to pursue? Are there previous findings that suggest a particular path of exploration for your topic? Which sources might be most helpful in guiding your work toward developing your own perspective on this question?

c. Do some follow-up database research using more specific keywords suggested by the source(s) most closely related to your re-formulated question. Alternatively, you might search for sources in an area that you didn’t get a chance to explore in your lit review, if it suggests itself as especially promising at this point.

d. Post your re-formulated question and the citations & abstracts of the new sources you have identified on your individual project page.

e. Prepare an action plan for completing your individual project. In particular, think about the format of your final presentation. The format will vary based on your individual interests, the nature of your question, and the state of research. While each of you will be presenting your project to a “mock” panel of judges as if you were applying for a grant to pursue research, it is not expected that the research would necessarily include an experiment. You might find that what is needed is field observation, collecting primary sources, preparing a large-scale survey, or some other research activity. I invite you to be imaginative and let your research question guide you to the most appropriate format.

Your panel presentation on Thursday will be a summary of thoughts and findings generated by these steps. You may use the projector or prepare a handout if it will facilitate your presentation, but this is not required. However, you should prepare notes of what you want to say to make the presentation as clear and efficient as possible.

Assignment for Thursday, November 13

For Thursday, continue working on the implementation of your group project (pilot study). Review the instructions (STEP 5) carefully, in particular the supplementary materials and online experiments (STEP 4); there are also links to online experiments on the Resources page of the Virtual Lab. Remember to post draft materials on your group page for feedback.

We will again do troubleshooting and divide the time evenly between the two pilot studies.

Assignment due Tuesday, November 11

REMEMBER that there will be no class meeting on Thursday, November 6, due to the annual conference of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the Society for Music Theory (SMT), which is taking place in Milwaukee, WI. You are strongly encouraged to use class time (and space) to work on your experimental design.

This week will be devoted to implementation, with the goal of stating to collect data the following week. Read the posting for STEP 5, which includes contact information as well as supplementary materials (e.g., Honing & Ladinig on strategies to run successful online experiments).

Also, I strongly recommend that you post preliminary materials on your group project’s section of the course blog (e.g., test questions, description of stimuli for participants, instructions, debriefing information, etc.). That way, I will be able to provide feedback (I will have access to the internet while at the conference).

Good luck!

Assignment for Tuesday & Thursday, November 4 & 6

Remember that there will be no regular class meeting on Thursday, November 6, due to the annual conference of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and the Society for Music Theory (SMT), which is taking place in Milwaukee, WI. HOWEVER, you are strongly encouraged to meet with your group to continue your work on experimental design; you may use the class space or meet in any place that is convenient for the work that needs to be done.

During Tuesday’s class meeting, we will review some methodology materials and take some time to discuss your work in progress, as needed. Please prepare the following:

1. If you have not already done so, complete you reading on Sixty Methodology Potholes and complete the corresponding task.

2. Read the materials on Sampling and complete the two tasks (types of sampling and sampling issues).

You should also browse through the handouts from today, and make note of any information pertinent to your group project. In particular, pay close attention to the materials on designing questionnaires.

Finally, as you continue your work on completing STEP 4 of the group projects, review the instructions carefully. Post the latest version of your protocol on your group’s blog and update as needed, including sound clips and questionnaire questions. This will make my review and feedback more efficient, especially as I will be away for most of next week. You should also read the new posting on STEP 5, which includes contact information as well as supplementary materials (e.g., Honing & Ladinig on strategies to run successful online experiments).

Upcoming Assignments, Tuesday & Thursday, October 28 & 30

Here is a brief summary of the upcoming assignments:

1. Individual Project STEP 3: Literature Review: Due Monday, October 27, 12:00 PM. You can find details here.

2. Statistics Workshop Preparation: Our statistics workshop with Sherlock Campbell is Tuesday, October 28, 11:35am-12:50pm at CSSSI (room TBA). In preparation for the workshop, review the handouts on statistics and the factsheet for the Spontaneous Grouping online experiment.

3. Group Project STEP 4: Experimental Design: The instructions for the next step, due Thursday, October 30 are here. NOTE: If you have not completed your requirement for STEP 3: Background Research, make sure to do this as soon as possible (the instructions for this step are here).


What’s coming up: Experimental design workshop with Michael Lorello

This coming Tuesday, Michael Lorello from the School of Music, will be visiting our class for your first consult on experimental design, focusing on the musical stimuli for your group experiments.

In preparation for the workshop, write a brief summary of your experimental design as it stands (draft), including hypothesis, operationalization (task & response-type, measures, stimuli, etc.). Ideally, this should read as a “factsheet” on your experiment, for Michael to refer to as he helps you with the music technology part of this project.