Implementing and Assessing Strategies for Environments for Fostering Effective Critical Thinking (EFFECTs) Development and Implementation

Funding agency: 
National Science Foundation
09/27/2010 - 00:00 to 09/30/2014 - 00:00

The project is a collaboration between the University of South Carolina and Marshall University. The project stablsihes strategies to aid faculty in the design and implementation of special instructional modules (EFFECTs) designed to foster critical thinking. This proposal leverages the success of a Phase I CCLI project that defined the pedagogical structure for the EFFECTS, generated six EFFECTs, and developed an assessment strategy for EFFECTs. Each module contains three elements:

  1. a decision worksheet that guides an initial design for the first class period
  2. active learning modules and journal questions during the next n class periods
  3. material to guides a group discussion to produce a final design during the last class period

Developing a systematic approach that enables other faculty to use EFFECTs is a key aspect for widely disseminating the approach through the engineering education community. To achieve this, the research group is working to develop instructional material to teach the EFFECTs to faculty, to expand current assessment tools, to develop a community of practice to support the design and implementation of EFFECTs, and to assess the strategies developed to design and implement EFFECTs. Fore more information about this project please visit the EFFECTs website.