Introduction to the Analysis of Learning Activities and Student Work
Thursday, March 10 10:15-10:35 AM
The buzzwords of 21st century teaching and learning—words like knowledge building, problem solving, and collaboration—are easy to talk about but much more difficult to implement. This paper introduces a method for the analysis of the learning activities that teachers assign to students and the work products that students submit in response, using specific definitions and rubrics to help teachers discern the degree to which the work they ask students to do offers opportunities to build these skills. The paper will describe the multi-national research program called Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research that offers these rubrics to the public domain, and their application not only to research but to teachers’ collaborative professional development and inquiry into their own practice.