When: Friday, October 23 at 3:30 pm
Where: Museum Education Room (corner of Montgomery & Clarke)
Who: Part of the Course Design for the Liberal Arts Certificate series but open to all
What: Too Much Information: Reducing Content and Increasing Impact in Your Course
Goals: Participants will develop a tangible strategy for reducing the content of your courses and devise methods for enhancing student critical thinking skills in your courses.
Does planning your course make you feel like you are in a race to complete a list of content? Is the assessment process leading you into a cycle of frequently adding “one more” activity to an already full course? In the past, professors were the gatekeepers of knowledge, and almost all of the information that a student could access was provided in the textbook. Professors came to rely on textbooks full of facts to organize our courses and tell us how and what our students should learn. Now, the future of textbooks seems geared towards providing more information through digital media and online sources, and thus the traditional method of teaching everything provided will no longer be applicable. The problem of students accessing information is no longer relevant. Instead, as educators, we need to empower our students with the skills needed to evaluate multiple sources of information and arrive at a logical conclusion. Using textbooks as a resource, rather than the only source of information in a course, can empower faculty and reinvigorate courses. In this workshop, we will give several examples of active learning strategies that incorporate civic issues and are designed to enhance students’ critical thinking skills. Our group is especially interested in engaging students in complex, challenging problems and collaboratively working towards a resolution.
As a participant, you will spend time:
- discussing challenges of designing courses with high content loads,
- generating and sharing strategies to overcome these obstacles, and
- developing a vision of the student that you are hoping to produce through your courses.