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Is There Intelligent Life Online? Searching for Tangible Evidence of Critical-Thinking Skills

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 11:00 am-12:30 pm CST on February 5, 2021, and 11:00 am-12:30 pm CST on February 12, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

Do you ever feel like you are lost in space in your virtual classroom as you look for evidence of intelligent life? Workshop participants examine their own practices and learn what they can do to encourage critical-thinking skills. After watching videos of and participating in hands-on examples of critical-thinking exercises, workshop participants create their own exercises to ensure higher-level critical-thinking skills in their online students.

In an era in which all faculty members should all be prepared to teach in a virtual environment, we need tools that help students develop the critical-thinking skills necessary to be successful in any classroom or work environment.

The purpose of this three-part workshop is to expose faculty members to best practices designed to increase students’ critical-thinking skills.

Module 1:

  • Clarify the meaning of critical thinking in higher education and employment environments, including the most recent research about employers’ desire for graduates who possess critical-thinking skills.
  • Review and apply the “Valuable Intellectual Traits” identified by the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
  • Learn how to help students create video presentations that demonstrate higher-level thinking.

Module 2:

  • Examine Asynchronous and Synchronous Discussion Question Requirements, Video

Summaries, Online Interview Assignments, and Annotation Stations.

  • Help students develop digital literacy, with an emphasis on research.
  • Learn how to facilitate small group and one-on-one virtual conversations related to more complex course learning outcomes.
  • Develop rubrics to assess higher-level thought.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


Registration Type
Registration Fee
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$350

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to January 22, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by January 22, 2021. Refunds will not be given after January 22, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

About the Facilitator

Sean J. Glassberg, the recipient of the 2013 TYCA-Southeast Cowan Award for Teaching Excellence and the 2007 Professor of the Year at Horry Georgetown Technical College, has academic and professional experience, ranging from teaching English at community colleges and universities to training industry and technical professionals to become educators. Sean has been teaching in the community college environment for over 25 years and has employed many digital teaching and learning tools since he started teaching online classes in 2002. Coming from a family of educators has provided Sean with a solid foundation of best-teaching practices. His master’s degree in Special Education and experience with children with disabilities have enabled Sean to respond to a wide spectrum of learners. His passion to help others in and out of the classroom led him to found Racers for Pacers, a non-profit organization with a mission to include children with disabilities in the running community.

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