October 12, 2009
The WITS department is still working on the development of a searchable learning object repository specific to Critical Thinking activities. The process has been postponed due to other projects taking precedence.
Instructional Technologists Nancy Munce, Karen Hesting, Tim Godcharles, and Alan Shapiro attended the QEC meeting held on September 25, 2009. WITS would like to stay involved in the plans for Professional Development and the possible creation of Center for Teaching & Learning.
Fall Critical Thinking Institute
Instructional Technologists Alan Shapiro and Tim Godcharles were able to attend the Fall Critical Thinking Institute on October 9th and reported back on its success. It was nice to see faculty sharing the implementation of tools in Critical Thinking, such as Jing, learned through the WITs department.
March 24, 2009
I was not able to attend today’s meeting. Here are agenda items that pertain to WITS:
Janice and Karen will meet to review the Critical Thinking activity/RLO submission process. This will include a more indepth look at The Orange Grove.
Karen, Nancy Doolittle, and Karen Fritch will facilitate a hands-on session at the April Faculty Champion Meeting on Friday, April 24, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
WITS is part of the Spring Critical Thinking Institute (Narrowing the Gulf) March 26-27, 2009.
QEP Team meetings are now going to be the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.
December 9, 2008
Met with Janice, Lynn, Jesse, Maggie and Gail.
Janice met with Ken Pereira on 12/2. Ken is planning to activate ePortfolio for the Fall 2009 semester with the ANGEL 7.3 upgrade. The ePortfolio will be activated for the ANGEL 7.3 pilot during Spring 2009 so that Alan Shapiro and others can investigate its capabilities. Janice is still seeking clarification on this and will keep us updated.
Faculty Champion Guide
Karen H. will be meeting with Janice on 12/16 to discuss the creation of the Faculty Champion Guide (course) in ANGEL.
November 10, 2008
Note: This is the first set of notes by Karen Hesting
Met with Janice, Lynn, Jesse, Maggie and Gail.
Critical Thinking Institutes
Plans for the Fall Critical Thinking Institute are at the top of the agenda. Things are coming together. The ITs should not feel like the must go to the beginning session, but should get to the labs they are presenting in a bit early since they will not be used in the morning. The machines have Office ’07 installed. When you get to the parking garage, just be sure to tell them you are coming to the Critical Thinking Institute.
Narrowing the Gulf is the Spring Critical Thinking Institute. A campaign is being started to help people to understand this.
Right now there is WITS form (https://it.spcollege.edu/cfsurveys/survey.cfm?su_id=2727)
that can be used to submit RLOs. This is linked off of the gateway website. To share these becomes a manual process. Is there a way that this can be connected to the Project Eagle III grant deliverables? Maybe Nancy or Alan can help to figure this out.
Lynn was under the assumption that the college has already spent a chunk of money on ANGEL ePortfolio that could be used, even though it does not do all that is expected until ANGEL 7.4. Jesse kind of feels that the existing tool really isn’t what is needed. Gail shared that this just might not need to be a deliverable at this time, especially because of resources and the economy. Further discussion will happen on this.
October 13, 2008
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.
September 22, 2008
Met with Lynn, Gail, Jesse, and Maggie via SPOC. The Fall Critical Thinking Institute will be held at the Downtown Center on Friday, November 14.
There is interest in having three 45-minute sessions from WITS:
1) RLO’s – Hands-on. Locate an existing RLO or Web resource and give an example of how it can be used to promote critical thinking.
2) Clickers – Hands-on. Create basic and advanced slides that can be used to promote critical thinking.
3) Web 2.0 – Hands-on. Watch quick demo of 3-4 tools, and then try them out for yourself. Discuss how these can be used to promote critical thinking.
September 12, 2008
Met with Lynn, Gail, Jesse, and Maggie Tymms via SPOC. A Fall Critical Thinking Institute is still being planned for November, possibly the first or second Friday, so please save those dates for WITS participation. The specific schedule and topics are yet to be determined. Also, there will be a critical thinking track at the upcoming “Narrowing the Gulf” conference in March. Call for proposals will be sent out, and presentations by WITS is encouraged.
August 14, 2008
Met with Lynn, Gail, Jesse, and Maggie via SPOC. Much of the meeting concerned the QEP presence at the upcoming Fall Faculty Meeting. Lynn mentioned that Nancy is continuing her work on the RLO blog. They are planning to meet next week to collect existing RLO’s (Merlot, etc.) that address critical thinking to add to the site.
August 11, 2008
Attended QEP Update Meeting on Friday, August 8, 2008, during which Lynn provided an update to Drs. Cooper and Olliver. Also in attendance was Gail, Jesse, and Maggie Tymms.
Tasks for WITS:
- Plans are being made for a Fall Critical Thinking Institute (November). Another presentation by the Instructional Technologists is requested.
- Lynn is adding content to the QEP Web site. She needs to know what the URL/Web address for the site will be so she can disseminate this information in materials provided at next Thursday’s Fall Faculty Meeting.
- Dr. Olliver suggested moving forward with using ANGEL Dropboxes as an ePortfolio system, rather than waiting for ANGEL 7.4.
- Jesse inquired about the possibility of WITS personnel programming a Web submission form based upon the print-based Critical Thinking Rubric for faculty use.