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Teaching Critical Thinking to Students: How to Design Courses That Include Applicable Learning Experiences, Outcomes, and Assessments Webinar

Date:  Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Location: J.D. Williams Library, Room 106D

Time: 1:00pm

Discover the likely misconceptions your students will have about critical thinking and what you can do to dispel them as quickly as possible. Critical thinking (CT) is difficult to understand and even harder to teach. Because critical thinking requires students to look at things differently from how they’ve been instructed as children and question their beliefs, it’s an unnatural process that can take a lot of time to learn. There are several different theories about critical thinking, which can make it more difficult to teach and access. However, when you find a way to introduce critical thinking to your students as part of the course you teach and they’ve had the experience, they’ll begin to see the value of looking at things with a more critical eye.

Benefits-Gain insight into CT and how to teach it to your students. Learn the importance of building CT outcomes, assessments, and activities into your courses and appreciate why stand-alone classes on the subject aren’t very effective. Find out about the likely misconceptions your students will have about critical thinking and what you can do to dispel them as quickly as possible. Discover why tying CT to a specific discipline (sciences, the arts, etc.) can help students better understand the concept.

Audience-Whether you’re a professor, lecturer, educational developer, TA, or part of a faculty development team-anyone who understands to value of CT for students but wants more information on how to teach it-you won’t want to miss this seminar.

Space is limited. RSVP as soon as possible.

Bridging the Gap: Faculty, Students, and Student Disability Services

Date:  Thursday, April 27, 2017

Location: Harrison Room (3rd Floor Library)

Time: 12:00pm

Faculty, do you ever feel unsure of how to provide accommodations for students with disabilities? Do you feel like you are doing too much or too little to accommodate students in your classroom? Or are you simply wanting to learn more about how to adequately accommodate any of your students with disabilities?

Well, this panel is for you! Please join Student Disabilities Services Staff in an interactive panel to discuss your frustrations and/or apprehensions about accommodating students in the classroom. This event will serve as a first step in creating and sustaining positive relationships with students we service and faculty at this institution.

Space is limited. RSVP as soon as possible.

Contact Student Disability Services at (662) 915-7128 or if you have any questions or concerns.

Study USA Course Proposal Workshop 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Writing Center Conference Room (Lamar 323)

Course proposals for May Intersession, Summer, and
August Intersession 2017 are due November 15.

This workshop will include an overview of course proposal
guidelines, a discussion with previous Study USA course faculty,
and information about our new Faculty Travel Grant.

RSVP if you are interested in attending.

For more information about Study USA and the
course proposal process visit:

Study USA Faculty Information

Earlier This Semester

Frank Discussion on Implicit Bias

Benjamin Reese, Jr., chief diversity officer and vice president of the Office for Institutional Equity at Duke University visits UM campus to discuss implicit bias.   This event is co-sponsored by UM’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, School of Education, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement.  For more information about this event, please refer to the linked flyer.

Date:  Thursday, October 6   Place: Union Ballroom  Time: 6:00–7:30pm