August 12th and 13th 2020 via Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)
The FACT Institute is an important part of the University of Mississippi’s ThinkForward Quality Enhancement Plan. This workshop is the second in an annual series of summer workshops dedicated to exploring the role of critical thinking in higher education, our university, and our classrooms. The FACT Institute plays a critical role in strengthening our approaches to teaching for critical thinking.
During the event opportunities for upcoming grants for enhancing critical thinking pedagogy will be introduced. In particular, attendees of the FACT Institute will be eligible to submit a proposal for a FACT grant, which provides $4000 for individuals (more for departmental teams) to redesign a lower-division course or courses they will be teaching in Spring 2021. Redesigns should include, but are not limited to, course outcomes, assignments, and teaching methods, with an eye toward revising these elements to enhance critical thinking. Participants must attend both sessions of the FACT Institute in order to be eligible for this opportunity.
During the 2019-20 academic year, 23 colleagues from 9 different departments across the university received FACT grants, either as individuals or part of departmental teams, to redesign courses to enhance critical thinking.
RSVP for the FACT Institute here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScR3yzGm8OmsG4RJ-NEXnPUXtpVD3OrFCVOVgTI-6S_Hv7n9w/viewform
Wednesday, August 12th
11:00 Overview of the QEP
- Elements of the Program, including Grant Programs
- Assessment Components
- Where We Are Now
11:30 Amanda Baker (Iowa State University) and Kari Taylor (Springfield College), keynote address on “productive discomfort” and the development of critical thinking skills
12:45 Assessing Critical Thinking in Our Courses
Thursday, August 13th
11:00 Panel of Previous FACT Grant Awardees with Q&A
12:00 Panel of Previous CTR Grant Awardees with Q&A
12:45 Brainstorming Session for Proposal Development
Please contact Josh Eyler at email@example.com if you have any questions about the event.
Faculty Approaches to Critical Thinking (FACT) Institute
with Peter Facione and Carol Gittens
Thursday 15 August, Jackson Avenue Center, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Workshop Luncheon – Enhancing Our Students’ Critical Thinking Skills:
What the Research Shows and How to Apply It to Our Classrooms with Josh Eyler
Thursday 5 September, Student Union Ballroom, 11:45 – 1:00
Slides from the event (including a list of references)
Luncheon – QEP Funding Opportunities for Faculty,
Graduate Students, and Staff with Josh Eyler
Wednesday 11 September, Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom, 11:45 – 1:00
Workshop Luncheon – Designing Courses for Critical Thinking,
Part I: Learning Goals and Course Structure with Josh Eyler
Tuesday 8 October, Inn at Ole Miss Ballroom, 11:45 – 1:00