Fostering a Community of Critical Thinking and Action
Monday, May 19 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Shelby Campus, Founders Union
The i2a Institute, now in its sixth year, is designed for faculty and staff to connect with campus colleagues, engage with a national expert, and share scholarly projects that illuminate how we foster and assess students’ critical thinking skills “in action” both in and outside the classroom. Join us for one, two or all three days of this engaging conference that brings together colleagues and students from across campus and the country to advance our shared mission to foster a community of critical thinking and action.
New for 2013:
- A student panel and a faculty panel were designed to share perspectives and spark dialogue about i2a experiences.
- Dr. Scott Simkins, from North Carolina A&T State University at Greensboro, delivered a plenary session “Using Just-in-Time Teaching to Promote Critical (and Reflective) Thinking”
- A poster session featuring i2a projects by faculty and staff facilitated the exchange of best practices and emerging impact data and networking across departments and disciplines.
“Loved the informal time to make connections with others” “Very helpful to see specific assignments and rubrics” “The poster session was excellent!”
Day 1: Monday, May 20
Back by popular demand for the fifth year in a row, Dr. Gerald Nosich led a lively day-long workshop on the fundamentals of teaching critical thinking. Table facilitators provided guidance and support during the group exercises and individual exploratory activities.
Day 2: Tuesday, May 21
Day 2 of the Institute kicked off with a student panel and an interactive forum, allowing undergraduate and graduate students to share their i2a-related insights and experiences and giving participants a chance to ask questions and launch a dialogue with students.
The morning also included a poster session to provide a venue for faculty and staff to share and discuss their i2a projects and results in an informal setting with Institute participants.
The afternoon offered a repeating set of 75-minute concurrent sessions led by faculty and staff and designed to engage participants in exploring new practices and strategies related to the teaching and assessment of critical thinking.
Day 3: Wednesday, May 22
Day 3 of the Institute began with a faculty panel and open forum, providing attendees with experience in using i2a concepts and tools to share their perspectives and lessons learned and giving Institute participants an opportunity to ask questions and deepen the dialogue.
This was followed by a second set of 75-minute, interactive concurrent sessions. The afternoon centered around a brand new plenary session by visiting scholar Dr. Scott Simkins.
The Institute concluded with reflective exercises to help attendees consolidate and apply their newly learned Institute ideas.
Who Should Attend?
- Full and part-time faculty and staff who are interested in infusing critical thinking innovations and related assessment strategies into their instruction
- Administrators and staff in higher education who want to learn more about infusing and assessing critical thinking into curricular, co-curricular, and student service projects and programs
- Other educators interested in learning more about the teaching and learning of critical thinking
Registration cost for non-UofL affiliates is:
$125 per day
$300 for all 3 days
Group rate for 3 days: $250 per person for groups of 4 or more from the same school/university
Registration and Other Information
- Registering for one, two or three days of the Institute is free for UofL faculty and staff.
- Beverages, light snacks, and a buffet lunch are included for participants as part of each day.
- Download the full 2013 i2a Institute Program