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

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.

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 over 20 years of academic and professional experience, ranging from teaching English at community colleges and universities to training industry and technical professionals to become educators.

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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