Inventive Thinking

Africana Studies Higher-order Thinking
inventive thinking thumbnail The project made students think about a similar idea in several ways: researching characters, understanding the ideas and thoughts of those people when putting those thoughts together in the dialogue, and finally acting out their characters creates a personal understanding of those people.” - Adisa Alkebulan Click here or the thumbnail for more.
Chicano/a Studies Higher-order Thinking
inventive thinking thumbnail Students developed the ability to constructively critique presentations by peers. A rubric, repeated playback of recording and a written assignment allowed for deeper analysis than classroom comments.Click here or the thumbnail for more.
Communication Self Direction
inventive thinking thumbnail Lecture content and assignments were linked more closely in subject matter to help student make connections across lessons. Students were made aware of assignment learning outcomes and made use of self-assessments to make learning more self-directed and relevant. Click here or the thumbnail for more.
Computer Science Higher-order Thinking
inventive thinking thumbnail Students conceptualized and designed a scientific phenomena for learning. Click here or the thumbnail for more.
English and Comparative Literature Self Direction
Inventive thinking thumb Students appropriated Shakespeare's poetry to experience it in personal way. They recontextualized it in terms of individual and shared experiences. “They won’t experience [the poetry] unless they feel some sense of ownership over it. They have to play with it themselves and the lecture format just isn't going to do it." –Laurel Amtower
Geology Self Direction
inventive thumb The course Web site, podcasts of lectures and optional face-to-face instruction allowed learning to be more self-directed, because students chose the learning mode that best fit their learning style and schedule.Click here or the thumbnail to see online lecture.
History Higher-order Thinking and Managing Complexity
inventive thumb Students researched and wrote about a specific historical topic and contributed to high-stakes historical discourse, getting a real sense of what historiography is by participating in the construction of it, and sharing the process of that discourse with peers. Click here or the thumbnail for more.
Physics Self Direction, Adaptability and Managing Complexity
inventive thinking thumbnail Students learned about the real-world effects of energy consumption. They were encouraged to translate this knowledge into their own life by changing the way they think about and consume energy. Click here or the thumbnail for more.
Psychology Self Direction and Higher-order Thinking
Inventive Thinking Thumb Students take ownership of their learning by interacting more with the material: “Concept Checks” involve them in the learning process and students can view archived lectures, complete with student discussions and questions, on their own time. Students in blended sections show a better grasp of course content. On average, students rated “Concept Checks” a 4.1 (much help) with regard to understanding course content.
Recreation and Tourism Management Self Direction and Managing Complexity
inventive thumb WebQuests encourage self-direction because they often model future, real-world professional experiences in students’ chosen fields. This assignment required that students act as stakeholders in a “near world” context. Students understood and took on varying perspectives using a theoretical framework. They used rubrics to guide their project. Click here or on the thumbnail to go to the WebQuest page with the rubric.
Rhetoric and Writing Studies Adaptability and Managing Complexity
Inventive Thinking Thumb Students learned to meet deadlines, adapt to one another and fulfill multiple roles through group work. Click here or the thumbnail for more.

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