(June 2, 2011)--More than 40 UTSA faculty members participated in the third annual Provost’s Academy on Critical Thinking at the HemisFair Park Campus May 11-13. The academy helps faculty members to teach more effectively in both large and mid-sized classes through a focused approach to course redesign.
Nationally recognized teaching experts were featured as the keynote speakers at this year’s sessions including David Dees, associate professor of education at Kent State University, and Craig Nelson, professor emeritus of biology at Indiana University and a Carnegie Foundation Outstanding Professor of the Year.
Participants engaged in reflective critical thinking activities and heard presentations on interactive lecturing, collaborative approaches to learning and use of technology in the classroom such as personal response system I-clickers.
Other featured speakers included Mike Miller, associate professor of sociology; Patti Geppert, lecturer in biology and history; Rick Utecht, associate professor of marketing; and Barbara Millis and Jose Vazquez from the Teaching and Learning Center.
Participants received a set of teaching-related resources including material on assessment, concepts maps, critical thinking, deep learning, effective questioning, rubrics, teaching large classes effectively, writing assignments and cooperative learning.
Final program evaluations indicate that participants appreciated the opportunity to develop their teaching skills and network with faculty from other disciplines.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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