Thursday, February 13, 2014

Webinar: A Campus-Wide Approach To Improving Higher Order Thinking Skills

When: Tuesday, February 25, 1:00-2:30 EST
Type: Online Webinar
Host: Innovative Educators

One of the most exciting innovations in higher education in the past few years has been the development of High Impact Practices. Building on platforms such as service learning, internships, and other active and collaborative learning experiences, researchers such as George Kuh have articulated pedagogical guidance for making an impact on educational experiences inside and outside of the classroom. These practices have been demonstrated by decades of research to improve student learning and success. They have also been linked to the development of Higher Order Thinking Skills. In an age in which higher education is transitioning from models that stress knowledge acquisition to an emphasis on critical thinking, reasoning skills, and information literacy, these programs provide practical ways to pursue these important goals.

Kind of Learning:
-Demands that students devote considerable amounts of time and effort to purposeful tasks
-Puts students in circumstances that essentially demand they interact with faculty and peers about substantive matters
-Increases the likelihood that students will experience diversity through contact with people who are different than themselves
-Gives students frequent feedback about their performance
-Provides opportunities for students to see how subjects work in different settings, on and off the campus
-Connects students personally and professionally to others through opportunities for active, collaborative learning

In fact, students who participate in these experiences often outperform their peers who do not participate - even when these peers are better prepared academically and at significantly less risk for attrition. Participants will leave this webinar with an action plan in order to begin building high impact experiences on their campuses.

Webinar Objectives:
-Learn to apply the six attributes of effective high impact practices to a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs
-Identify strategies for collaborating with internal and external constituents to build a culture of impact
-Create models for encouraging faculty to implement high impact practices into their courses
-Leave with an action plan in order to begin building high impact experiences on their campuses

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