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Thursday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Spatial Thinking: Teaching, Assessing and Exploring Approaches across Disciplines

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Teaching spatial thinking as a separate course in its own right helps students develop spatial abilities. We will discuss our findings based on an assessment we conducted to explore how first year students demonstrate their representational skills in solving a spatial (design) problem requiring both analysis and synthesis. We collected and analyzed the video data using visual analytics tools and conducted an independent expert panel review of the student artifacts with an assessment rubric. Our findings show high variability in students’ solutions and their representations. We discovered, somewhat unexpectedly, students used embodied actions in their process. Session participants will be introduced to a post‐course assessment method in determining the fidelity between teaching and learning activities, and the results of these activities. Our approach and results of the assessment may be useful and inspiring to others involved in course and program assessment activities. Our session will begin with a short presentation of the assessment method and findings followed by an interactive discussion based on the questions posed by presenters.


Thursday May 16, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Harbour Centre Rm 1315

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