Developing Co-curricular courses that lead to critical thinking in on-line and hybrid coursework
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State University of New York
Innovative Instructional Technology Grants
Open Educational Resources
AbstractHybrid and on-line coursework is an indispensible tool for the delivery of instruction at all colleges and universities. But technology is not pedagogy. Research findings by the US Department of Education (2010) indicate that online and hybrid instruction models can be successful in teaching critical thinking and higher level thinking but only if courses using these technologies are re-designed and restructured. For this interdisciplinary project, professors in Educational Administration, Nursing and Teacher Education will investigate, design and implement curriculum for asynchronous courses that combine rigorous assignments and assessments that lead to critical thinking and are aligned with the K-12 Common Core Learning Standards. The work will be assessed using a combination of student surveys, focus groups and class evaluations and the final products will presented at the statewide CIT conference in the Spring of 2014 and course designs made available through the SUNY Learning Commons.
DescriptionOur grant work group consisted of 4 professors at Brockport and Empire State in diverse content areas: Math Ed, Science Ed, Nursing, and Ed Admin. In the ten meetings we had we all gained a deeper understanding of critical thinking and assessments that we could use to promote and measure it our students. As the result of our research we, along with two other professors from other SUNY schools, have written chapters for an open source book titled "Critical Thinking for College Learners:Blended and Online Activities in Multiple Disciplines."
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