Too few students graduate from college able to achieve the higher order outcomes of inquiry, analysis, critical thinking, and creative thinking. IPFW faculty consistently rank “teaching critical thinking” in the top three teaching topics about which they want to learn more. “Resourceful critical thinking and problem-solving” is one of the learning goals in the Baccalaureate Framework. CELT’s recent teaching conferences have focused on backward course design, re-sequencing learning activities, and adult cognitive development. Craig Nelson, the keynote speaker at the January COAS symposium on teaching and learning, eloquently tied all of these topics together in the service of “fostering critical, more effective communication, better decision-making and more.”
The goal of the March 28th spring teaching conference will be to help each faculty participant make tangible progress toward implementing and assessing new strategies for teaching critical thinking. Author and educator Terry Doyle will lead an interactive “minds-on” workshop that will build on the foundation that has been laid at previous conferences. He will demonstrate various ways teachers can create a thinking classroom, plan critical thinking activities using course content, make the activities relevant to course content, develop critical thinking assignments for students, and assess students' learning of critical thinking skills.
After lunch, campus colleagues will share tips and techniques for using Blackboard to support teaching of critical thinking. Whether you have just begun your journey or have been on the road for a while, CELT invites you to try something new and apply for a Certificate of Completion in Teaching Critical that will help you document your teaching effectiveness. Application.
Dr. Doyle is Professor of reading and coordinator of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Faculty Development at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. He is the author of three books that focus on the application of neuroscience, biology and cognitive science to teaching and learning. The first is Helping Students Learn in a Learner Center Environment: A Guide to Teaching in Higher Education, published by Stylus, 2008. His 2011 book is titled Learner Centered Teaching: Putting the Research into Practice published by Stylus and was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Selected New Books in Higher Education in 2012. His most recent book, published by Stylus in August 2013 with co-author Dr Todd Zakrajsek and written for the college student, is The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain. Terry also co-authored the book New Faculty Transition - An Ideal Program published in 2004.
The morning workshop will take place in the Walb Classic Ballroom from 8:15 am - 11:45 am. Lunch and the afternoon sessions will take place in Liberal Arts Room 35C from 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. CELT, CASTLE (Committee for the Advancement of Scholarly Teaching and Learning Excellence), and FACET are co-sponsors of the event. For further information contact Stephanie Stephenson at (260) 481-6354 or email CELT@ipfw.edu.
Spring Teaching Conference
March 28, 2014
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