What Teachers Should Know About JiTS

Assignment Making and Student Learning

The levels of the JiTS are complementary to some of the learning theory and cognitive domain literature. Several websites offer good introductions to Bloom's Taxonomy including task centered instructions for developing assignments for the various levels of Bloom's classification. (These levels include: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.)

JiTS level 1 focuses on knowledge
JiTS level 2 on comprehension
JiTS level 3 focuses on application
JiTS level 4 aims to focus student learning toward analysis, synthesis and perhaps evaluation.

St. Edward's University Center for Teaching Excellence has developed a useful and interesting graphic, Task Oriented Question Construction Wheel Based on Bloom's Taxonomy on which economics instructors can find words and assignment types that fit each level of cognition. Two other particularly useful sites using Bloom's ideas for developing assignments include: A Learning Sills Program site at the University of Victoria and Using Bloom's Taxonomy in Assignment Design hosted at the Writing Center at the University of Maryland University College.

JiTS assignments may also address of differences in student learning styles. For more information on this see Learning Styles and Strategies by Richard M. Felder and Barbara A. Soloman. A summary article Student Learning Styles and Their Implications for Teaching by Susan M. Montgomery and Linda N. Groat reviews the Kolb/McCarthy Learning Cycle, the Felder-Silverman Learning Styles Model and Grasha-Riechmann Learning Styles, and offers suggestions for teaching, assignment development and a bibliography.

Here are additional links to useful information for teachers:

Engagement Theory
    A framework for technology-based teaching and learning by Greg Kearsley & Ben Shneiderman

Characteristics of Constructivist Learning & Teaching

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