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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!

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The EASyR way to get students thinking critically florida 2013

  1. 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. 2. Lesson Planning Is… Not sexy or exciting!
  3. 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. 4. What is EASyR • Original Bloom’s order (Anyone…? Anyone?) • Audaciously we suggest it should be: • Evaluate • Analyze • Synthesize • Review/Revise/Reflect
  5. 5. Evaluation became synonymous with testing. Bloom’s Original Hierarchy
  6. 6. Targeting Upper Levels • Krathwohl added Create
  7. 7. Definitions In Our Order • Evaluate • Analyze • Synthesize • Review/Revise
  8. 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. 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. 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. 11. EASyR Example 3 • HTML training • Before – Handout with matching exercise • After – Create a page using HTML tags based on teacher’s design
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 16. Does it work? • Data is anecdotal • Student reflective comments
  17. 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. 18. Examples from audience • Discuss in groups • Share ideas • Ask questions
  19. 19. EASyR site: Presentation & handouts there
  20. 20. EASy and other tips are in Making the Move to eLearning: Putting your Course Online Available now on and at Rowman Education (