Promoting Critical Thinking Through Authentic Learning Activities

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The ability to solve problems and think critically is more important than ever, making critical thinking a crucial skill for 21st century students. This presentation covers strategies and best practices for teaching this transferable skill in a way that mimics real-world learning environments. The presenter explores innovative uses of social media and instructional technologies as a vehicle for designing authentic activities that encourage critical thinking in the classroom and beyond. Presented for the EasyBib Professional Development Series.

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Promoting Critical Thinking Through Authentic Learning Activities

  1. 1. PROMOTING CRITICAL THINKING THROUGH AUTHENTIC LEARNING ACTIVITIES Melissa Mallon | Coordinator of Instruction, Wichita State University Libraries | @librarianliss | melissa.mallon@wichita.edu PhotoCredit:TimothyJviaCompfightcc
  2. 2. AGENDA Photo Credit: wadem via Compfight cc Importance of critical thinking in the classroom ! ! Tips for assignment design ! ! Practical projects
  3. 3. So Why Bother?
  4. 4. Transferable skills Photo Credit: biologycorner via Compfight cc
  5. 5. Source: Head (2012)
  6. 6. Academic & professional success
  7. 7. TIPS FOR PROJECT DESIGN
  8. 8. Collaboration is key PhotoCredit:JohnSpoonerviaCompfightcc
  9. 9. Set clear expectations PhotoCredit:criticalthinkingasylumviaCompfightcc
  10. 10. Scaffold assignments Photo Credit: World Bank Photo Collection via Compfight cc
  11. 11. Encourage communication PhotoCredit:gfpeckviaCompfightcc
  12. 12. Keep it authentic PhotoCredit:EdYourdonviaCompfightcc
  13. 13. Critical Thinking Projects Photo Credit: CA2M via Compfight cc
  14. 14. Photo Courtesy of Manfred Werner - Tsui via CC STUDY PROPOSALS
  15. 15. IMPLEMENT A NEW POLICY Photo Credit: Edson Hong via Compfight cc
  16. 16. VIDEO PODCASTS Photo Credit torres21 via Compfight cc
  17. 17. PEER REVIEWED PROJECTS Photo Credit: fabola via Compfight cc
  18. 18. ARGUMENT MAPPING
  19. 19. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Photo Credit: shehan365 via Compfight cc
  20. 20. POSTER SESSIONS PhotoCredit:AnitaBorgInstituteviaCompfightcc
  21. 21. THOUGHTFUL QUESTIONING Photo Credit: nicpic via Compfight cc
  22. 22. HASHTAG ACTIVISM Photo Credit: misspixels via Compfight cc
  23. 23. TEAM BASED PROBLEM SOLVING Photo Credit: kevin dooley via Compfight cc
  24. 24. MORE TOOLS . . . G+_Hangout_April29-09byGwynethAnneBronwynneJones
  25. 25. BOTTOM LINE . . . CREATIVITY IS KEY Photo Credit: martinak15 via Compfight cc
  26. 26. OTHER IDEAS & QUESTIONSPhotoCredit:MarcusRambergviaCompfightcc Melissa Mallon | Coordinator of Instruction, Wichita State University Libraries | @librarianliss | melissa.mallon@wichita.edu

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