From:                              Kevin Murray

Sent:                               Tuesday, November 03, 2009 9:31 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: Understanding the Virtue Ethics System of Aristotle


Briefly describe or summarize the Activity/RLO:

Your Answer: This activity is intended to familiarize the student with the various virtues and vices that make up the character development ethical system of Aristotle.


Subject Area(s) - Select all that apply:

Your Answer: Ethics


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

Your Answer: The student will understand the historical development of ethical thinking, considering ideas from early Greek to contemporary philosophies. The student will identify and apply critical thinking skills, ethical principles and logical reasoning processes to resolve ethical issues.


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

Your Answer: The student will understand the historical development of ethical thinking, considering ideas from early Greek to contemporary philosophies by: defining central ethical terms and describing major historical and contemporary theories of ethics.


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: Multiple Classes


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

Your Answer: Just a handout and perhaps a few videos.


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

Your Answer: First explain Aristotle's system as an ethical system for the developmemt of one's character in real life, then, use fictional stories which allow the student to see the actual virtues and vices played out by the characters in the films/videos.


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: A Handout already forwarded to QEP Director


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, Synthesis, Reflection


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

Your Answer: It improves their vocabulary and enables them to identify virtues and vices in their own lives and in the lives of fictional and authentic characters.


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