IDEA Objective 3: Learning to apply course material
What is this objective?
- This objective deals with the higher levels of Blooms cognitive taxonomy, specifically analysis, application, evaluation and creation.
- Instruction without proper application creates an artificial learning experience leading to a lack of connection between the learner and the material.
How can one teach this objective?
- Stimulate interest among your students. Set higher goals for your students and encourage them to answer their own questions.
- Improve critical thinking by prompting them to answer the “whys” and “how’s” rather than “what’s”. Structuring a question based on a real world example will push the students to analyze, evaluate and create ideas and new information.
- Teach to transfer. Always make sure the concept is well explained and discussed before you ask your students to come up with some examples where the concept is being/can be applied. Here you are providing opportunities for deeper learning as the students are executing the transfer of knowledge from what they learnt to explain a brand new situation.
- Incorporate more problem-based learning into the curriculum to allow students to apply the course material to solve a real-life, usually ill-defined scenario.
- Service-learning is another efficient strategy to integrate application of the course material in to the curriculum. Involving students in meaningful community service in connection to the learning objectives of the course will allow for the direct application of the knowledge and a good learning environment.
How can one assess this objective?
- Use at-home assignments or individual work,based on case studies or real-life issues, to assess the progress on the problem- based learning.
- Make sure to ask higher cognitive-level questions to assess the progress in the critical thinking aspect.
- Small projects explaining what they encountered in a particular community and how the course concepts/materials were used to solve problems can be used to assess service-based learning.
Reference and resource:
Author: Praveena Kanchupati, PhD. Candidate & GTA Consultant
Center for Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Contributions: Shelly Bayer, Ed.D., Assistant Director
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Kevin Sackreiter, Ed.D., Director
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning