Critical Thinking Resources Initiative

SPC students using iTunes UThis initiative calls for the creation of an array of electronic resources, many of which will be available from a single gateway website. It also calls for identifying, organizing, linking to, and describing outside resources that can be used in the effort. In partnership with other SACS institutions, SPC will collect, create, and house a library of electronic critical thinking tools that can be used in online, traditional face-to-face, or blended classrooms, including Reuseable Learning Objects (RLOs). 

Physical resources will be collected through this initiative and housed at Critical Thinking Resource Centers at each library.

 

Critical Thinking Resources

 

critical thinking resources

Process Measures

Objectives Project Expected Outcomes Indicators 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

1. Develop resources for faculty/staff use.

1. Reusable learning objects (RLOs)
2. Checklist for RLO development

1. Number of RLOs developed

1
2. Number of faculty utilizing checklists
7
7
16
16
3. Number of RLOs developed by faculty/staff
1
2. Collect and organize critical thinking resources.

1. Gateway website
2. RLO library
3. Library Critical Thinking Resource Centers

1. Number of hits on website.
630
71,032
245,148

1b. Number of unique visitors to website.

4,343
19,802
2. Number of resources included in website
200
50
50
50
3. Number of RLOs collected
1
13
12
6
4. Number of print/multimedia resources
76
200
1
900
87

3. Integrate tools and resources within the classroom.

1. Instructional/program portfolios and signature classes

1. Number of instructional portfolios/signature classes

4
5
11
9

Assessments

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Goals

Pilot Program Expected Outcomes

Year 5 Expected Outcomes

Assessments

3-1.

Compile electronic critical thinking resources for SPC faculty and staff organized through a College gateway website.

1. By 2009, the gateway website will be designed and implemented.

Y

1. By 2012, the majority of faculty will identify the gateway website as valuable sources of information and ideas.

1. Feedback collected from ART participants

3-2.

Create and collect critical thinking reusable learning objects (RLOs) for SPC and other institutions in Florida and across the world who are seeking multimedia/ electronic critical thinking materials.

1. By 2009, an initial collection of existing RLOs will have been collected.

Y

1. By 2012, SPC will have collected or created a minimum of 50 RLOs promoting critical thinking in a variety of disciplines.

1. Feedback collected from ART participants

2. By 2012, a majority of RLOs will receive favorable feedback in the form of positive student and faculty reactions.

3-3.

Contribute to the critical thinking literature through presentation and publication of instructional portfolios of strategies that support teaching for critical thinking.

1. By 2009, faculty participating in pilot programs will be given an opportunity to present their research and instructional portfolios to full-time and adjunct faculty.

Y

1. By 2012, instructional portfolios will be available for the majority of programs at the College.

1. Professional Development Day surveys

2. By 2012, the majority of faculty will give a positive rating to the peer presentations and portfolios on teaching for critical thinking.

3-4

Acquire and use print and multimedia critical thinking library resources through the Critical Thinking Resource Centers.

1. By 2009, Critical Thinking Resource Centers will be expanded at each SPC library.

Y

1. By 2012, the majority of faculty will identify the Critical Thinking Resource Centers as valuable sources of information and ideas.

1. Feedback collected from ART participants