The Audacity Of EASy


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The Audacity Of EASy

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  2. 2. The Audacity of EASy<br />Lisa Chamberlin and Kay Lehmann<br />Twitter hashtag for this presentation - #easy2010<br /> Unless otherwise noted <br />
  3. 3. Consider this scenario<br />Paper submitted by student is plagiarized<br />Whose fault is this? <br /><ul><li>A. The student’s of course
  4. 4. B. The professor’s fault
  5. 5. C. Both</li></li></ul><li>What is EASy<br />Original Bloom’s order (Anyone…? Anyone?)<br />Audaciously we suggest it should be:<br /><ul><li>Evaluate
  6. 6. Analyze
  7. 7. Synthesize</li></li></ul><li>Cognitive Domain Hierarchy<br />
  8. 8. Bloom’s original hierarchy<br />
  9. 9. Evaluation became synonymous with testing.<br />
  10. 10. Targeting Upper Levels<br />Krathwohl added Create<br />
  11. 11. Definitions<br />Bloom’s<br />Synthesize<br />Analyze<br />Evaluate<br />Our Order<br />Evaluate<br />Analyze<br />Synthesize<br />
  12. 12. The Aha! Moment<br />Critical thinking process<br />What did we want students to do and in what order<br />SAE became EASy<br />
  13. 13. EASy Examples<br />Nursing education to teach teamwork<br /><ul><li>Before – Teams drove remote control cars
  14. 14. After – Teams analyzed medical cases for breakdown by teams and what optimum teams would do
  15. 15. Business training to handle personal biases
  16. 16. Before – Watch a video and reflect
  17. 17. After – Read, watch video, discuss, take an inventory, create personal action plans for recognizing and dealing with bias, share plans with peers and revise
  18. 18. HTML training
  19. 19. Before – Handout with matching exercise
  20. 20. After – Create a page using HTML tags based on teacher’s design</li></li></ul><li>More EASy Examples<br />Social Studies – Native American cultures<br /><ul><li>Before – Discuss characteristics of dif. tribes
  21. 21. After – Create an advertising campaign highlighting tribal char. invite Europeans to join their culture.
  22. 22. Organizational change – Business education
  23. 23. Before - Discuss collaboration and what makes it effective
  24. 24. After - Develop with peers list of effective collaboration practices, collaboratively order the list, create an action plan to increase effective collaboration in an org
  25. 25. Literature – Analyzing a character - Hamlet
  26. 26. Evaluate - Discuss Hamlet’s sanity using quotes from the lit and basic psychology diagnoses
  27. 27. Analyze - Analyze Hamlet from 4 other char perspective
  28. 28. Synthesize - Develop a treatment plan appropriate for the literary character</li></li></ul><li>Does it work?<br />Data is anecdotal<br />Student reflective comments<br />I am glad that I had to go through the steps. It seems obvious that in order for a student to be able to synthesize that there are steps before that. But I know that I and many other educators ask students to do this without the necessary and preparatory information they need. To see this on paper, in plain sight, was helpful. It was also a bit daunting because I know there are other areas of this course that I need to revise in the same way. <br />– Graduate Education Student<br />The EASy Critical Thinking method -- I spent so much time on this, but learned so much at the same time. I probably elaborated more than I needed to on my new lesson plan, but somehow I could not help myself. When I was done and writing the synopsis of things that changed from my old to new lesson plan, I realized how much more engaging it would be for students to participate in my new and improved lesson plan. I can see where it fosters so much more critical thinking when compared to my traditional lesson plan. It makes me want to change all my lessons.<br /> - University Instructor<br />
  29. 29. Examples from audience<br />Discuss in groups<br />Share ideas <br />Ask questions<br />
  30. 30. Printable Takeaway - EASyWebsite:<br />
  31. 31. EASy and other tips are in Making the Move to eLearning: Putting your Course Online<br />Available now on and at Rowman Education (<br />