First, students learn about the objectives and specificities of experimental approaches compared to other types of approaches. Secondly, the main steps of correlational and experimental research are presented to them with their specific requirements. Particular emphasis is placed on the research questions, hypotheses and variables.
In Chapter 1er , the teacher emphasizes the differences between descriptive, experimental and correlational research. To apply this knowledge, the teacher asks students to categorize different research questions according to these different types of research. Rather than generate examples themselves that would be too obvious to categorize, students generate examples in groups of 3 on Padlet. Students vote individually for the answer they think is correct for each proposal that appears; each team takes responsibility for noting the validated answer in the collective discussion on the Padlet created; the latter remains available on Moodle as a review. Show of hands votes are introduced regularly to check the understanding of the contents.
The teacher encourages short informal interactions on the course content covered, using quick cooperative structures. In pairs or trios, students discuss a question posed by the teacher using a structure that invites each student to contribute. The teacher circulates, listens and shares informally with the students. To ensure student engagement, the teacher informs students that she may invite anyone to synthesize what was discussed in the group. The group feedback allows for clarification of the content. The information gathered by the teacher allows her to regulate the content discussed in the course.
At the end of each chapter, students are given questions in the form of quizzes to help them review their knowledge. The students answer them at home and the teacher repeats the questions that were problematic at the beginning of the next class in order to promote the appropriation of the content. This work in session is proposed on the basis of the students' answers, provided that there is a sufficient number of respondents.
Students have access to in-depth articles on Moodle that are only discussed in class if they have specific questions about them.