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The EASyR way to get students thinking critically florida 2013


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Slide presentation for the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning November 2013. Critical thinking begins with good lesson planning and the EASyR method can help!

Slide presentation for the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning November 2013. Critical thinking begins with good lesson planning and the EASyR method can help!

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  • Evaluating requires students to use different sources and then decide whether or not the information is useful.  Analyzing asks students to take this research a step further by selectively choosing the very best parts of each source.  Students might also determine what is fact and what is opinion as they select only the best parts that will help them achieve their purpose.  When students synthesize, they develop a new perspective based on their evaluation and analysis of multiple sources (Lehmann & Chamberlin, 2009).
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    • 1. The #EASyR Way to get Students Thinking Critically Kay Lehmann, EdD With support from co-author Lisa Chamberlin Twitter hashtag for this presentation - #EASyR & #aln85477
    • 2. Lesson Planning Is… Not sexy or exciting!
    • 3. Consider this scenario • Paper submitted by student is plagiarized • Whose fault is this? • A. The student’s of course • B. The professor’s fault • C. Both
    • 4. What is EASyR • Original Bloom’s order (Anyone…? Anyone?) • Audaciously we suggest it should be: • Evaluate • Analyze • Synthesize • Review/Revise/Reflect
    • 5. Evaluation became synonymous with testing. Bloom’s Original Hierarchy
    • 6. Targeting Upper Levels • Krathwohl added Create
    • 7. Definitions In Our Order • Evaluate • Analyze • Synthesize • Review/Revise
    • 8. The Aha! Moment • Critical thinking process • What did we want students to do and in what order • SAE became EASy • Later it became EASyR
    • 9. EASyR Example 1 • Nursing education to teach teamwork • Before – Teams drove remote control cars • After – Teams analyzed medical cases for breakdown by teams and what optimum teams would do
    • 10. EASyR Example 2 • Business training to handle personal biases • Before – Watch a video and reflect • After – Read, watch video, discuss, take an inventory, create personal action plans for recognizing and dealing with bias, share plans with peers and revise
    • 11. EASyR Example 3 • HTML training • Before – Handout with matching exercise • After – Create a page using HTML tags based on teacher’s design
    • 12. EASyR Example 4 • Organizational change – Business education • Before - Discuss collaboration and what makes it effective • After - Develop with peers list of effective collaboration practices, collaboratively order the list, create an action plan to increase effective collaboration in an org
    • 13. EASyR Example 5 • Literature – Analyzing a character Hamlet • Evaluate - Discuss Hamlet’s sanity using quotes from the lit and basic psychology diagnoses • Analyze - Analyze Hamlet from 4 other char perspective • Synthesize - Develop a treatment plan appropriate for the literary character
    • 14. One last example… my favorite Objectives (Old f2f plan) • Summarize the major plot elements in chronological order. • Identify a character's heroic traits. • Describe a character's feelings in a work of fiction. • Discuss the ways that racism negatively impacts individuals.
    • 15. Objectives (New eLearning plan) • Review specific violations to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (Evaluation) • Justify how a character’s actions are similar to real life heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. (Analysis) • Defend their claim using specific evidence from credible sources. (Analysis) • Create a civil rights complaint for the character that could be filed with the Office of Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. (Synthesis)
    • 16. Does it work? • Data is anecdotal • Student reflective comments
    • 17. The EASy Critical Thinking method -- I spent so much time on this, but learned so much at the same time. 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. - University Instructor
    • 18. Examples from audience • Discuss in groups • Share ideas • Ask questions
    • 19. EASyR site: Presentation & handouts there
    • 20. EASy and other tips are in Making the Move to eLearning: Putting your Course Online Available now on and at Rowman Education (