Thinking Critically about Teaching Critical Thinking
Monday, October 2, 10:30 am- 12:00 pm | Microsoft Teams
One of the most commonly desired learning outcomes for our courses is that students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills. How do we, as educators, provide intentional support for our students in learning these skills? Please join us in this interactive, virtual session where we will explore a range of strategies for teaching critical thinking skills.
Steps and Tools for Equitable and Effective Assessment
Wednesday, October 25th, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm | Microsoft Teams
This virtual workshop focuses on assessment at the undergraduate course level. Given the variety of backgrounds, resources, experiences, capabilities, knowledge, and identities students bring into our classrooms, how do we ensure we assess their learning and development from the course itself and “allow for all students to show and demonstrate what they understand.” (whilst also managing our own finite time and energy)? We will work through these questions in an interactive workshop emerging out of a CTL Fellowship on equitable and effective assessment which included interviews with 12 faculty members. There are instructors at Kent State teaching classes ranging in size from 5 to 200, at different campuses, associate professors, adjuncts, assistant professors, full professors, lecturers, across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences who are already engaging in thoughtful reflection and practice in this area. In the workshop we will draw upon their experiences and recommendations alongside recent research in order to see what practical, realistic steps we can all implement toward more equitable and effective assessment in our classes.
The CATS Meow: Classroom Assessment Techniques
Tuesday, October 31, 1:00-2:30 pm | Microsoft Teams
Classroom assessment techniques (CATS) offer a real-time way for you to gauge student preparedness, comprehension, skills, and attitudes. In addition to exploring quick, easy strategies like minute papers or exit-tickets, we will explore more summative strategies including alternatives and helpful modifications to essay writing and multiple-choice examples.
Cultivating Student Engagement through Dynamic Lecturing
Thursday, November 30, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm | Microsoft Teams
Discover the art of captivating students through effective lecturing techniques and explore opportunities for incorporating active learning strategies that promote interaction, critical thinking, and knowledge retention.