Do you support the recommendation of the FYS Textbook Subcommittee? (The FYS textbook model should change from the current text, Critical Thinking in College, to a list of recommended readings and resources that target and support the five learning outcomes of FYS.)
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At the November 12, 2014 FYS faculty meeting, the textbook subcommittee reported on their work and made a recommendation.
The recommendation: The FYS textbook model should change from the current text, Critical Thinking in College, to a list of recommended readings and resources that target and support the five learning outcomes of FYS.
A link to the PowerPoint slideshow can be found here: http://www.marshall.edu/fys/textbook-readings-and-resources/
In every course, instructors revisit the textbook every few years to determine if it’s still relevant. We began doing that this fall when a few FYS instructors volunteered (Andrew Gooding, Bill Price, Jennifer Sias and Mary Welch) to serve on a subcommittee to review the current text, consider whether or not a change is warranted, and if so, what kind of change would be advisable.
After considering a number of options (including sticking with the current text, creating a new custom text with different chapters, hiring Marshall professors to write chapters aligned with the learning outcomes, having no text and compiling lists of recommended readings and resources related to the learning outcomes), the textbook subcommittee agreed that:
- Change is needed
- The current text, Critical Thinking in College, was selected when we were using the learning domains. More than a year ago, we began using the language of learning outcomes. The current text does not align well with the five learning outcomes on which FYS is based.
- We still believe that some sort of text is needed in FYS to provide some semblance of continuity across sections. (A previous FYS summer workgroup reviewed feedback from FYS students and faculty, who said that there needs to be some level of standardization across FYS sections so that a student taking Professor A’s section in general gets a similar experience to that of a student in Professor B’s section, etc. One method of providing for a reasonable level of continuity across sections is by having at least a common text or some common readings for all FYS sections.)
- We want targeted readings and resources (could include TED Talks, podcasts and other relevant materials) that support the five learning outcomes on which FYS is based: Information Literacy, Intercultural Thinking, Integrative Thinking, Inquiry-based Thinking and Metacognitive Thinking. We want to provide students and faculty with recommended readings and materials that are up-to-date and relevant to the course and its learning outcomes.
- The current text as a custom text is expensive, $57.75
- A list of recommended readings and resources aligned with the 5 learning outcomes of FYS is the best option
Please see the PowerPoint slideshow for more information, especially for ways to access and potentially use the readings.
A DRAFT of recommended readings and resources can be found here: http://www.marshall.edu/fys/textbook-readings-and-resources/
Please note that the list is in draft form! Jennifer will be adding readings recommended by Bill Price, Andrew Gooding and Mary Welch and will format the finalized lists so that they look uniform in terms of MLA style, font, font size, etc.
We want your suggestions, too! Do you have a recommended reading or suggestion about a great resource that supports a particular learning outcome? It would need to be something we could link to so that we don’t get into copyright issues. If you do, please send the MLA citation of the reading or resource ASAP along with its hyperlink to Jennifer Sias firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, so that the list doesn’t become too unwieldy, the subcommittee will select the top five recommended readings/resources for each learning outcome.