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Can Students Produce New Knowledge?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11:15am – 1:10pm

Storrs Campus
ROWE 318

Does a stack of student essays read like the same paper over and over again? Is the written work students submit overwhelmed by tedious summaries of what scholars have written? We'll discuss ways to tweak your writing assignments so each student develops a stake in the outcome, generating a unique approach to the essay topic proposed. The old version of Bloom's Taxonomy topped out at "evaluation" but the updated version (2001) identifies "create" as the pinnacle of learning. In that version, "create" is narrated as "generating," "planning," and "producing"; these are further glossed as hypothesizing, designing, and constructing. How might we translate these objectives into assignments for writing projects (and yet stay away from asking students to write fiction or poetry)? We'll discuss ways to help students generate new knowledge and situate themselves in academic conversations across the curriculum. Ultimately, we will add a new word to Bloom's (Anderson's & Krathwol's) taxonomy: contribution.

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Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Institute for Teaching & Learning, UConn Master Calendar

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