From:                              Jacques Hakim

Sent:                               Friday, October 05, 2012 11:40 AM

To:                                   Janice Thiel

Subject:                          Form Submission (Critical Thinking Activities & Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs))


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Critical Thinking Activities & Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)

Thank you for submitting your Critical Thinking Activity/RLO idea. Please forward this message and attach any supplemental files (e.g., Handouts, PowerPoints, etc.) to


Title of Critical Thinking Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:What is the effect of interest rates on home pricing?


Briefly describe or summarize the Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:Build scenarios by increasing 30 years mortgage rates and discuss what the effect of these increases may have on home prices.


Subject Area(s) - Select all that apply:

Your Answer:College of Business


What is(are) the Major Learning Outcome(s) addressed by this Activity/RLO (from course outline)?

Your Answer:Demonstrate an understanding of mortgage rates and how they work.
Understand the relationship between mortgage rates and home prices. Correlation.


What is(are) the Course Objective(s) addressed by this Activity/RLO (stated in performance terms)?

Your Answer:To determine if there is a correlation between the rise or fall of mortgage prices on homes. If there is a correlation, what is it. What is the impact of such increases/decrease of mortgage interest rates.


Type of Activity/RLO - Select all that apply:

Your Answer:Small Group


Time - How much time does it take to conduct this Activity/RLO?

Your Answer:Entire Class


List the materials that are necessary to conduct this Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:Case Studies
internet searches
banking information
historical mortgage rates


Instructions - Give detailed step-by-step instructions on how to conduct this Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:1- Review historical data of mortgage prices and find the mean price of homes in the united states.
2- Build a correlation model, identifying the effect of mortgage rates and home pricing.


List Additional Resources, for example: Web address/URL, Handouts, PowerPoint, etc. Copy/Paste URLs here. Later, when you receive your confirmation message, forward any supplemental files to the QEP Director.

Your Answer:google, MERLOT, and wisc-online


SPC established as its definition of critical thinking: The active and systemic process of communication, problem solving, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and reflection, both individually and in community, to foster understanding, support sound decision-making, and guide action.


Which aspect(s) of critical thinking does this Activity/RLO address? - Select all that apply:

Your Answer:

  • Communication
  • Problem-solving
  • Evaluation
  • Analysis
  • Reflection


How will this improve our students’ ability to think critically?

Your Answer:By utilizing video, games, simulations, scenarios or case studies. I will make sure the RLO is easy to use, meaningful, motivating. It should include all the critical thinking elements such as communication, problem solving, evaluation, analysis, synthesis and reflection.


Have you consulted the Activity/RLO Guidelines?

Your Answer:Yes




If you have any questions or comments about this form, please contact Janice Thiel at or call (727) 341-3110