EASyR stands for evaluate, analyze, synthesize, and reflect/revise/review. By encouraging students to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize (create in the following figure) the facilitator promotes critical thinking, an essential component in active learning. The R in EASyR is representative of the facilitators responsibility to continue to alter and upgrade each learning module after receiving feedback. I referenced the following diagram, which illustrates some helpful activities and products, while designing my new online module presented in the table below.
Smythe and Halonen, “Using the new Bloom’s Taxonomy to Design Meaningful Learning Assessments”
I also tried to keep the following in mind:
- writing open-ended prompts with no right or wrong answer
- providing a variety of course materials showcasing several points of view even those contrary to the course designer
- using scenarios or case studies that allow for multiple students to construct meaning.
The following is a comparison of a lecture originally taught in a face to face undergraduate Biology course with a new lecture generated for an online Biology course I am currently designing. The new course is entitled, “Biology in the Real World: Understanding Modern Complex Issues”.