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Koko, the gorilla who was taught sign language, died on June 19, 2018 at the age of 48. Her signing abilities were amazing (she could sign about 1,000 words) and videos of her on YouTube are very touching to watch. It's easy to believe she's communicating with humans.
But was she really communicating her inner thoughts?
Below is a critical thinking exercise you can feel free to link to or embed in your online course. It is structured in a way that is consistent with ideas suggested in Ken Bain's book, "What the Best College Teachers Do":
Now that students have made a commitment before and after viewing the videos their positions have probably changed. Ask them why they changed (or why they didn't) and where they stand on the issue of animal communication now.
Goals of this activity - have students better understand:
Below are two "Padlets": the first one is the teacher's version. Scroll to the right to see explanations for the elements on the left. Below this padlet is the one intended for students. All the professor comments have been removed. Feel free to share this second padlet with your students.
Here's the version you may want to show your students (all professor notes have been deleted):
Here's the link to the student version. Feel free to try it with your students!
How to add this exercise to your MindTap course:
Click here to login into MindTap.
Thanks to Faculty Partner Diane Carter @diane_carter for her invaluable help in refining this exercise!
This activity promotes deep thinking and I am going to integrate this into our online and residential communications course. This could also be used in an English comp course. I plan on breaking part of it up for a discussion board prompt - "review this video clip and answer....."
The use of videos is great for residential and online courses and the associated videos will also reinforce the discussion around communication versus reinforced behaviors.
Thanks for the great lesson and resources Diane!
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Yes, I like the way you integrate videos and discussions into this Padlet and make the students think deeply about what they see and how they respond to it. Being the tech geek, my only question is how easy it is for professors to set up and students to follow and do as told. Does it require additional instructor or training or is it pretty intuitive?
I create a tip sheet with easy directions for students to use Padlet. If you outline the purpose/goals of the Padlet board, and tips on how to use it - it is very simple.You can also clone the board for your next class to use too.
Here is a video on how to use Padlet.
This one is older but I really like it
My account is now all set up and I added one to Canvas in 5 minutes! It does appear, however, that my students need an account to access it so I need to play around a bit more to see how to bypass that...
Thanks Diane for sharing. The use of videos and Padlet is a learner-centered, engaging activity. I have been introduced to Padlet before, but never actually used it. However, through your post via Michael, I plan to add Padlet to my toolkit.
These activities will work nicely in my upcoming criminology course! I'll check out the instructions on how to include it into my MindTap for the course. Simple, bite-sized critical thinking activities are a fantastic way to start a class. I know I always struggled with new and interesting ways to get students engaged in the material, understanding that simply because I find it intriguing doesn't always mean that they will!
Thanks for sharing!