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Fall 2010 Teaching Effectiveness Institute

Thinking Critically about the Teaching of Critical Thinking

Bill Roberson, Ph.D.
University at Albany, Statue University of New York

Fall 2010 Teaching Effectiveness Institute
Friday, August 13, 2010
8:00 am to 4:15 pm
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center


Are we really successful at teaching critical thinking? To answer this question, participants in this interactive workshop will learn about the challenge of teaching critical thinking and experience practical, immediately usable notions of critical thinking, which will help make visible what is often left invisible in the work of the university faculty. Participants will experience a sequence of increasingly complex learning activities designed to clarify the challenge of teaching critical thinking. The final outcome of the workshop will be participants’ application of “A Simple Plan,” which can be used by anyone across disciplines to develop assignments that promote critical reflection. In this workshop participants will be asked to assume the role of learners in unfamiliar contexts, and experience the excitement of challenges that foster an authentic engagement with new ideas. This workshop will benefit both new and experienced faculty from all disciplines as they consider incorporating critical thinking in their teaching.

Tentative Agenda

  Morning Session   Afternoon Session
The Courage to Think – Bringing students into “messy” inquiry without ignoring valuable formal knowledge 
Welcome and Introductions
Thinking Critically about the Teaching of Critical Thinking – Clarifying the challenge of teaching critical thinking and learning practical, usable notions of critical thinking
Refreshment Break
Mastering the Interactive Lecture: Don’t Let Tradition Stop Student Thinking – Communicating to engage students in what you are saying
Refreshment Break
Wrap-up, evaluation and certificate presentation
Let Data Drive Inquiry – Transforming textbook content into student learning activities
Lunch in Blackhawk Cafeteria

About Bill Roberson

Bill Roberson
Bill Roberson

Bill Roberson is the Director of Institute for Teaching, Learning & Academic Leadership at State University of New York at Albany. He has been in pursuit of teaching excellence since 1987 and this pursuit has become the focal point of his professional activity and practice in curricular and instructional innovation. His primary area of interest is the design of courses, activities and assignments that ensure intellectual engagement of students and the development of their ability to think critically. Dr. Roberson draws on examples from a range of disciplines as well as professional fields to show the transferability and universality of key cognitive structures and processes that shape learning and teaching. Foremost, he is an advocate for transforming the way we define and structure learning experiences for novices in our disciplines.

Registration Information

This workshop is open to NIU faculty, instructors, and teaching staff (SPS and civil service) only. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advanced registration is required. Please register early. Register online using the form below and provide your name, title, department, phone, NIU email address, and special accommodations if needed. Please contact the Center if you do not receive a response or an email confirmation of your registration within two working days.

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 9, 2010 so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend or program costs can be reduced.

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 23, 2010

Registration is closed for this program.

Last Updated: 7/14/2014