How Can I Assess Critical Thinking with Objective Items?
Learn how to assess most critical thinking skills using an assortment of methods, such as true/false, matching, multiple choice, and multiple true/false tests. Receive step-by-step instruction for designing objective items to assess particular cognitive operations in critical thinking skills for a wide range of disciplines.
Hone critical thinking skills for you and your students
Critical thinking (CT) is a deeply misunderstood cognitive skill set. Faculty often do not know exactly what it involves—which means they can't adequately assess their students' ability to do it.
Educators first have to recognize the kinds of material to which critical thinking can be applied. They also have to know how to develop proper tests that fairly and accurately measure student performance and produce relevant outcomes in a preset time frame.
Educators who want a clear understanding of critical thinking and ways to evaluate student achievement should consider watching How Can I Assess My Students' Critical Thinking Skills with Objective Items?—the 20-Minute Mentor video available for purchase from Magna Publications.
Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, leads an energetic, dynamic exploration to help educators assess discipline-relevant student learning outcomes that involve critical thinking.
The video explains how to assess most critical thinking skills using an assortment of objective items, such as true/false, matching, multiple choice, and multiple true/false tests. General guidelines for writing such items and the critical thinking skills that objective items cannot assess are also covered.
You get step-by-step instruction for designing objective items to assess particular critical thinking skills for a wide range of disciplines.
After only 20 minutes, educators will walk away with a strong foundation for skillfully and competently designing critical thinking assessment items. Purchase your video today.
This program is also available in the Critical Thinking Skills 4 Pack.
Product Code: PM15LA
How Can I Assess My Students' Critical Thinking Skills with Objective Items? provides a framework for integrating critical thinking in your classes and formulating ways to measure student performance and outcomes achievement.
In just one viewing, you will learn how to:
- Identify the type of course content amenable to critical thinking (CT)
- Define CT for practical assessment purposes
- Ensure that your student learning outcomes are assessable and address discipline-relevant CT skills
- Create CT-matching items that avoid repeating the course material presented
- Prepare appropriate true/false, multiple choice, and multiple true/false tests that assess CT
- Find suitable stimuli for writing a series of items that require students to interpret, analyze, and/or evaluate
- Follow the best practices for composing objective items
- Determine the CT skills that objective items can and cannot assess
At every step of the video, you receive clear explanations and easy-to-follow guidelines for integrating and measuring CT in your classroom.
Benefits of Viewing
Nilson empowers you to create critical thinking learning outcomes that deepen students' engagement with the course material.
After viewing this video, you will be able to:
- Explain what critical thinking is for practical assessment purposes, including the type of course content amenable to CT
- Distinguish the CT skills that objective items can assess from those that require student-constructed responses
- Reward your students for thinking critically
- Speak more confidently about critical thinking skills with fellow instructors
The video is filled with examples of techniques and strategies in action. You also get a set of sample documents, dos and don'ts, recommended resources, and questions that guide you in developing good objective items. Take 20 minutes to add a valuable skill set to your teaching methods. Purchase your video today.
Linda B. Nilson, PhD, recently retired as the founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation (OTEI) at Clemson University. She has written several books, including Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time (Stylus, 2015), Creating Self-Regulated Learners: Strategies to Strengthen Students' Self-Awareness and Learning Skills (Stylus, 2013), Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors, now in its 4th edition (Jossey-Bass, 2016), and The Graphic Syllabus and the Outcomes Map: Communicating Your Course (Jossey-Bass, 2007). She also co-edited Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom (Jossey-Bass, 2005) and Vols. 25–28 of To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development (Anker, 2007, 2008; Jossey-Bass, 2009, 2010), which is the major publication of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.
Dr. Nilson has also published many articles and book chapters and has presented keynote speeches and workshops at conferences, colleges, and universities nationally and internationally on dozens of topics related to teaching effectiveness, assessment, scholarly productivity, and academic career matters. Her most recent articles address the instability of faculty development careers, the validity problems with student ratings, and how to measure student learning for faculty evaluation.
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