Last week we explored the use of Google Apps for Education, specifically Google Docs, as a launchpad for critical thinking. Faculty from Mathematics, Nursing, and the School of Education attended. While our instructional disciplines are unique, the need to create learning experiences fostering critical thinking are one and the same.
Google Docs allows students to engage at all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy within the same assignment. Take for example a writing assignment in which a student engages first as the author, then uses the commenting/editing feature to evaluate and analyze the work of a peer. Through sharing features within Docs, the instructor can view the work of both students, provide specific feedback to each, and engage students in a 3 way conversation without meeting face to face. The transparency and flexibility of DOCs supports instructional ‘redesign’.
We are meeting again on Thursday, February 9th from 2:00 to 3:30 in the FIT Studio. Faculty are bringing a specific assignment/task that they want to DOCtor with Google Docs. If you are interested, please plan on attending.
Want to know more? Check out the training DOC for this workshop!!