Getting Students to “Go Deep”

Process, practice, and learning through Critical Reflection

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Delphi Center Lab

Check in and coffee at 8:45 a.m.

*Optional group lunch (brown bag or local eatery) following workshop

In this half-day interactive workshop, we will explore the concept of critical reflection, a teaching and assessment practice that deepens students’ learning, critical thinking, and metacognitive skills. This session is designed to build upon the work of engagement scholar, Dr. Patti Clayton, who led a workshop (Ideas to Action and Action into Ideas) on critical reflection and the DEAL model in January at UofL. This workshop will provide you with critical reflection tools and strategies to incorporate into your fall 2014 course development planning.

Join us as we guide you through the process of “thinking through” your course design for experiential-based and other course formats in which students’ metacognitive reflection is central to support students’ learning processes. Using hands-on exercises and reflection prompts, you will gain insight into how to connect your learning outcomes to critical reflection activities in a meaningful way.

Instructors should bring to this workshop: a course outline, syllabus, and/or course goals for a specific course in which they hope to integrate critical reflection principles.

Learning Objectives:

In this workshop, we invite you to:

  • Explore the concept of critical reflection in relation to student learning
  • Identify three ways to incorporate critical reflection into the curricular components of an existing course
  • Improve your course assignments and assessments to be in alignment with your student learning outcomes and critical reflection practices; and
  • Create an action plan to implement critical reflection strategies for your overall course design for fall 2014.



Nisha GuptaNisha Gupta, Ph.D., is the i2a specialist for Culminating Undergraduate Experiences. Prior to this position, she was the associate director for professional development programs of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. She comes to Ideas to Action with a background in community development, curricular design, and teaching women’s studies.

Marie Kendall BrownMarie Kendall Brown, Ph.D., is assistant director for Teaching and Learning at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. In her current role, Marie develops and delivers faculty development programs and services to foster teaching excellence at UofL. Marie’s research focuses on faculty learning and development, teaching for retention in STEM, and college student development from a constructive-developmental perspective.

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