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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in Communications Courses


This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 10:00 am-12:15 pm CST on November 12, 2021, and 10:00 am-12:15 pm CST on November 19, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing both modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

This workshop provides participants with concrete tools for teaching critical thinking skills in Communications courses. The workshop targets critical thinking skills in courses that emphasize reading, writing, and oral presentation. By the end of the workshop, participants are able to help students create better drafts, organize speeches, analyze the written word, and write complete argumentative and research papers. All skills will be contextualized around critical thinking.

By the end of this workshop, participants know or are able to: 

  • Apply precise pedagogical methods that help students at any level improve their critical thinking skills.
  • Apply precise pedagogical methods to improve writing skills based on critical thinking practices.
  • Create critical thinking rubrics. 

Activities: 

  • Participate in exercises designed and proven to enhance critical thinking.
  • Create exercises and exams that enhance and measure critical thinking skills.
  • Use and create rubrics that provide viable measurements of critical thinking.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.

Location

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

Registration

Registration Type
Early Registration Fee
on or before
October 22, 2021
Registration Fee
after
October 22, 2021
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$200$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$300$400

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to October 29, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by October 29, 2021. Refunds will not be given after October 29, 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

Dr. John Eigenauer is a professor of philosophy at Taft College. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in humanities, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Syracuse University Fellowship. Dr. Eigenauer has taught philosophy, English, mathematics, computer science, physics, and Spanish. He has delivered workshops nationally and internationally on the pedagogy of critical thinking and published articles on critical thinking and rationality. His most recent article, “The Problem With the Problem of Human Rationality,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform, was highlighted in Psychology Today. Other publications of Dr. Eigenauer’s have appeared in The Historian, The Harvard Theological ReviewHistory of Intellectual Culture, Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, The Rational Alternative, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Huntington Library QuarterlyInnovation Abstracts, and The NISOD Papers.

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