Met with Lynn, Gail, Jesse, and Maggie. The Fall Critical Thinking Institute is still on-track. Topics from WITS:
Researching Quality RLO’s (Karen Fritch & Greg Rabelo) Learning activities can enhance a course’s interest for the students as well as encourage thinking about concepts in a more critical way. Reusable Learning Objects (RLO’s) are a way to enhance multiple courses to focus common learning. Participants will review guidelines for evaluating RLO’s and view some well known learning object repositories. They then will have the opportunity to record their findings and ideas for use in a database to be shared with other faculty.
Create Basic and Advanced Clicker Slides that Can be Used to Promote Critical Thinking (Karen Hesting & Janice Thiel) Knowing what you know and don’t know focuses learning. Audience response systems or “clickers” give students an opportunity to participate in your lecture by expressing their own understanding of the material. In addition they receive frequent and immediate feedback. This session will focus on how to create a variety of activities for effective, active lectures, which incorporate clicker technology, allowing for students to think critically.
Web 2.0 (Nancy Doolittle & Alan Shapiro) Real-time web-based collaboration and resource management helps students to share their ideas and mentor others. Web 2.0 tools provide a wealth of creative applications to increase the opportunities for higher level thinking and interaction. In this session, attendees will explore a number of popular, free web collaboration 2.0 tools.