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How To Teach Your Students Critical Thinking Skills Without Wasting Classroom Time

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ResearchReady is a research instruction and assessment tool from the makers of EasyBib. Mary Broussard, an instructional services librarian at Lycoming College, shared her experiences working with an English professor to enhance in-person research instruction.

In this slide deck, you will learn:
- why Mary loves about ResearchReady and the customization features
- in what ways she uses the product in the classroom
- about her experience of using ResearchReady in an English composition class
- how she used ResearchReady's assessment data for student progress and grading

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How To Teach Your Students Critical Thinking Skills Without Wasting Classroom Time

  1. 1. Critical Thinking Teach Your Students SKILLS without wasting CLASSROOM TIME HOW TO
  2. 2. My name is Mary Broussard. I’m the Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College and I love ResearchReady.
  3. 3. I’ve been an EasyBib user since 2012, using it for my own research with my students. Right away I liked the people behind the product and communicated my thoughts on the platform. I joined the EasyBib Advisory Board in 2013 and was extremely excited when they showed me ResearchReady.
  4. 4. What a Critical Thinking Digital Tool Needs Can be used out of the box Is very customizable Uses text and video learning Assessment data is collected Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC BY 3.0 Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College
  5. 5. Can be used out of the box Different schools/libraries have different goals. Schools that need an online service to meet instructional demands can use ResearchReady to focus on fundamental, “big picture” skills. Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC BY 3.0 Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College
  6. 6. Is very customizable Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College Pre-made content can be tweaked, or you can create and design new lessons. You can add tutorials for tools and resources that your school uses, or create questions that focus on a particular assignment. ResearchReady will easily fit with your local environment and culture. Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC BY 3.0
  7. 7. Uses text and video learning Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College ResearchReady follows best practices for online instruction. ● Videos and text on any given page is kept short, making information retainable and digestible ● Visuals and audio work together seamlessly in videos ● Assessments are embedded throughout the content, and provide meaningful practice and ensure students think critically ● Uses pedagogical agents to guide student learning ● Sparing use of links to live web sources augments the lessons and assessments ● Clean design allows users to pay attention to one thing at a time Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC BY 3.0
  8. 8. Assessment data is collected Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College ResearchReady captures student data that can be copied to reports or exported to better understand student progress and learning. Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC BY 3.0
  9. 9. ResearchReady can be used for: Formative assessment More exposure to research and critical thinking skills in class Flipped instruction As an online class Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College Icons made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC BY 3.0
  10. 10. Want to see the webinar version? Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College CLICK HERE TO WATCH
  11. 11. In the summer of 2014 I approached an English professor about using ResearchReady in her class. We worked together to customize it for our needs and set up our goals: ● Get more research and critical thinking skills into class time ● Get more assessment data related to their research and critical thinking skills/knowledge
  12. 12. Pre-Made vs. Customized Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College ● Used ResearchReady’s Level 2 curriculum ● Worked with professor to select appropriate lessons: ○ Web Evaluation ○ Conquering the Research Process ○ Popular & Scholarly Sources ● Added pre- & post-tests tailored to the specific assignment ● Shortened Web Evaluation course by eliminating some practice lessons ● Created my own plagiarism tutorial video using Adobe Captivate ● Created another video tailored to the particular assignment
  13. 13. Integrating ResearchReady into the classroom Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College The pre- and post-tests took about 5 minutes for students to complete. They were given four “courses” ranging from 7-20 minutes each, spread out over a few weeks.
  14. 14. My experience with English composition Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College It took the students an hour of instruction to complete the lessons. For organizational purposes, due dates were added to lesson title.
  15. 15. My experience with English composition Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College 3 sections of Freshman Composition in Fall 2014 (~55 students) 2 sections of Freshman Composition in Spring 2015 (~35 students) Students were given one more lesson on plagiarism, which the professor covered in class. Next they were given a post-test. Before first in-person visit I reviewed the pre-test results with the class. I still showed them some of the same things I used to, but less. This allowed them to have a little more time to work on collecting sources. Students were given pre-tests and several of the pre-made lessons. During first in-person visit The professor used a clicker review and introduced the students to a few new resources. After first in-person visit Second in-person visit
  16. 16. Our key assessment results from 2014-2015 Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College Early on in the semester, we asked students which resources they used for research. The majority said they use Internet sources.
  17. 17. Our key assessment results from 2014-2015 Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College When we followed up in the spring, after completing part of the ResearchReady curricula, the majority of students said they primarily used databases for their research!
  18. 18. Our key assessment results from 2014-2015 Which of the following helps you locate items on the shelves at most libraries? Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College Fall 2014 During both the fall and spring semesters, we saw a significant increase in students who understood how to locate information in the library after completing ResearchReady lessons. Spring 2015
  19. 19. Our key assessment results from 2014-2015 Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College Students understood that accuracy is important in web evaluation but had a limited knowledge of the other factors. Students knew that making up a date in a citation or forgetting parenthetical citations were ways to commit plagiarism. There weren’t aware of the many other ways to commit plagiarism. Within the lessons, the questions were overwhelmingly correct which shows that ResearchReady truly aligns itself well to the questions that they ask the students. There was also dramatic improvement on the sections where results were incredibly low before.
  20. 20. Final thoughts about using ResearchReady Case study by Mary Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian at Lycoming College The post-test included a few questions about how they liked the ResearchReady experience.
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