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How can we facilitate first-year student engagement with critical Framework concepts, especially in a one-shot class? This active learning activity is designed to teach source evaluation in a 50-minute class. The activity, which incorporates elements of problem-based learning and uses a flipped classroom approach, was added to our institution’s first-year experience course.

This assignment introduces students to United States patents and to prior art searching using two free, online databases: Espacenet and Instructional videos are available at:

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