The main goal of this institute is to help faculty design curricula and pedagogy to include the explicit teaching and learning of higher order thinking skills by helping faculty incorporate new opportunities for students to practice complex problem solving into their courses.
Performance Tasks are aimed at improving information literacy, developing critical thinking skills, and developing communication skills.
Invited participants of the Performance Task Institute meet during the Summer I semester for two half day information sessions. During these sessions the Office of Faculty Development explains why performance tasks are so valuable, what a performance task is, and develops and presents examples. The goal of these meetings is to have each of the participants leave the workshop with ideas and skills that allow them to build a specific performance task for their classroom.
In addition to these sessions, there are several follow-up sessions during the summer designed to help participants discuss and complete their tasks to use in fall 2013. Stipends are available for those who complete and use their tasks in the classroom.
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