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A Socratic Café For Critical Inquiry, Jody Piro, Gina Anderson Sep 2014

A Socratic Café For Critical Inquiry, Jody Piro, Gina Anderson

Jody Piro

This presentation will explore the completed research inquiry that developed from our overt attempt to promote critical thinking in an online forum. The implications for advancing critical inquiry in online formats for interdisciplinary university content areas will be addressed. The objectives of this session are twofold: 1) to introduce participants to the nine intellectual standards (Elder & Paul, 2007) used to analyze the critical thinking and Socratic questioning in our research, and 2) to discuss the structuring of critical analysis in participants' own classrooms. Participants can expect to participate in a cooperative learning activity to practice the use of Intellectual Standards ...


Learning Independence Through Guided-Inquiry In A Bioanalytical Laboratory Course, Laura D. Frost, C. Michele Davis-Mcgibony Jun 2014

Learning Independence Through Guided-Inquiry In A Bioanalytical Laboratory Course, Laura D. Frost, C. Michele Davis-Mcgibony

C. Michele Davis McGibony

To increase learning independence, student skill base, knowledge retention, and critical thinking we have developed a bioanalytical lab course that guides students through the laboratory skills first introduced in analytical chemistry and applies them to biochemistry within one semester. This poster will outline the strategies incorporated into the course to increase laboratory skills, learning, and independence. The audience will be introduced to our pedagogic course design which includes a multi-level scaffolding that is systematically removed as the semester progresses intended to produce more independent learners. We also incorporated a multi-stage assessment plan for assessing learning, acquisition of lab skills, and ...


Building-Up Student Success, Maria Babiuc-Hamilton Jun 2014

Building-Up Student Success, Maria Babiuc-Hamilton

Maria C. Babiuc-Hamilton

Students' ability to think critically is essential in achieving success not only in college, but also later in their jobs. In order to increase students' long term performance, the general education program at our university was completely restructured to allow the introduction of three required credit hours in critical thinking across curriculum at the freshmen level. The dissemination of the learning outcomes is complicated, because this course is not content driven. The solution is for students to including a meta-cognitive reflection with their assignments, describing their personal academic plan and their experience with the learning process. This proposal presents the ...


Two Methods In Teaching Introductory Physics, With Emphasis On The Effect In Gender Performance, Maria Babiuc-Hamilton Jun 2014

Two Methods In Teaching Introductory Physics, With Emphasis On The Effect In Gender Performance, Maria Babiuc-Hamilton

Maria C. Babiuc-Hamilton

Reports show that females are underrepresented in physics, and their average scores are lower than males. This proposal is targeted towards improving the performance of female students studying physics. Two different pedagogical approaches in teaching introductory level physics will be compared: the lecture-based method, enhanced with multimedia, and the active learning laboratories based on the Physics Suite. We analyze which method is more efficient in fostering the success of female students. The expected benefit of this project is that it will improve the understanding on how different pedagogical methods can influence female students to perform better in physics. It will ...


Development And Validation Of An Open Ended Assessment - Creative Excercises, Jessica Orvis, Deborah Sauder Jun 2014

Development And Validation Of An Open Ended Assessment - Creative Excercises, Jessica Orvis, Deborah Sauder

Jessica N. Orvis

Nationally standardized multiple choice exams are used heavily in assessment of many fields. While these exams can provide valuable information about student learning, many educators believe that multiple choice exams are too limiting. The presenters advocate for the addition of a more open ended assessment that would measure student learning of a different type, while still being incorporated within a conventional exam. This session focuses on a new open ended assessment called the Creative Exercise (CE) which consists of a prompt, leading students to write down a limited number of distinct, correct and relevant facts about the prompt. Participants will ...