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1 Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps AAC&U Conference New Orleans, February 24, 2012 Scott Van Bramer, Janine Utell, Karen Rose Widener University Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

2 Introduction – 10 min Scott Van Bramer – Chemistry Janine Utell – English Karen Rose – Psychology Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

3 Developing Criteria – 20 min Critical thinking definitions – handout Determine criteria Identify evidence of critical thinking Develop common expectations Apply to student papers Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

4 Using Your Criteria Criteria – what did you look for Assessment findings - how did they do Recommendations – to improve outcomes Process review – was this useful Plan for return – what will you do next Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

5 Using Criteria – 30 min Read paper #1 and assess – 10 min Read paper #2 and assess – 5 min Discuss 2 papers with partner – 10 min Discuss 4 papers with team – 5 min Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

6 Reporting out – 20 min Criteria – what did you look for Assessment findings - how did they do Recommendations – to improve outcomes Process review – was this useful Plan for return – what will you do next Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

7 Your Take Home Message Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,

8 Our Take Home Message Definition Consensus Context-driven Criteria Cross-disciplinary Definition-driven Use the criteria Reflect Assessment process Student outcomes Assessing Critical Thinking and Effective Communication across the General Education Curriculum: Best Practices and Next Steps at AAC&U General Education and Assessment: New Contexts, New Cultures, February S.E. Van Bramer, ; J.M. Utell, K.C. Rose,


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