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Beyond the Essay, II

Formative Activities: Snapshots of Learning in Process Concept Maps & Word Webs || Word Clouds As Bass noted in his Visible Knowledge Project work with faculty, what “most interested—or eluded—them about their students’ learning” involved the “’intermediate processes’” that occur before students write a paper or take an exam.  They were particularly eager to “gather…

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Beyond the Essay, III

Summative Assignments: Authentic Alternatives to the Essay Metaphor Maps ||  Student Anthologies ||  Poster Presentations The essay is often the go-to assignment in humanities courses, and rightfully so. Especially in the text-based disciplines, the craft of the essay is highly valued as part of practicing the work of the field. More broadly, developing effective writing…

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Beyond the Essay: Making Student Thinking Visible in the Humanities

by Nancy Chick, CFT Assistant Director “We asked faculty to ask themselves the most important questions they could about student learning in their courses. How did they know that their students were learning? Did the students’ learning promise to last? What did teachers really know about the processes of their students’ learning, especially what we…

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