From:                              Brandy Stark

Sent:                               Wednesday, June 08, 2011 4:47 PM

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: Museum Experience and Reflection Project


Briefly describe or summarize the Activity/RLO:

Your Answer: As required in Humanities classes, students must participate in an out of class cultural activity. This RLO provides structure for student response. Either as an individual or as a class (depending upon the instructor) students will go to a local museum to fulfill the required project. Class discussion before and after the project, as well as a writing assignment, will be implemented.


Subject Area(s) - Select all that apply:

Your Answer: Humanities & Fine Arts


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

Your Answer: 1.The student will demonstrate knowledge of the development of Western culture from the Ancient to Renaissance periods as expressed through its visual arts, literature, philosophy and music by: --recognizing changes which occur in the arts through the ages. --identifying examples of the visual arts of the periods. 2.The student will demonstrate an understanding of the relationships and contrasts among various periods of Western cultural development by: --comparing and contrasting the cultural and intellectual aspects of each civilization. --tracing the evolution of values through the ages. 3.The student will demonstrate the ability to apply understanding of the humanities as it relates to cultural activities in the community by: --visiting and writing a critical report on some aspect of art on exhibit in a museum --attending and critiquing presentations by the college or the community in the arts, drama, music, preferably including the SPC Music Center, Palladium Theatre, Crossroads Gallery, and Clearwater Fine Arts Auditorium (as applicable). --recognizing, by using insights gained in the course, the techniques and skills used by artists whose works he/she has seen. 4.The student will demonstrate an understanding of Western philosophical approaches to self, society, nature, and religion by: --comparing his/her values to those of past epochs. --discovering the need to define his/her personal values. 5.The student will demonstrate an ability in composition by: --writing critical reports of cultural activities.


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

Your Answer: See above. (Combined answer).


Type of Activity/RLO - Select all that apply:

Your Answer: Individual, Small Group, Large Group


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

Your Answer: Portion of One Class


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

Your Answer: (*See 7 -- Depending on instructor, this can be portions of multiple courses). Paper, pen. There may be an entrance fee depending on the site visited.


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

Your Answer: Class discussion on project and objectives. Students download RLO from ANGEL. Students visit museum. Students respond to the proposed questions to create a reflection paper. Students post and/or discuss their reflections with class.


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: Does not apply.


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, Evaluation, Analysis, Synthesis, Reflection


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

Your Answer: Direct interaction with art and institution will allow students to employ critical and analytical skills regarding ascetics and values applied by works of art. This will occur through their reflection paper as well as classroom discussion. Students will interact with course materials, the instructor and fellow students in implementing the project. This enforces critical evaluative skills through Humanities.


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