Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is skillful, responsible thinking that is conducive to good judgment because it is sensitive to context, considers multiple perspectives, relies on criteria, and is self-correcting.

Courses

ASMT2229 Assessing Higher Order Thinking Through Multiple Choice Questions
 Variable PD Hours

In this course, faculty members will enhance their ability to develop, test, and revise multiple choice questions drawing hands on activities that use examples from Valencia College Faculty. Issues of validity including reliability will be included in the conversation.

INDV2254 The Art and Science of Learning and the Brain2 PD Hours

In this course, participants will examine the relationship between the ways people learn and the biology of the brain. NOTE: This is an elective course in the Seneff Certification program.

INDV2255 Multiple Perspectives2 PD Hours

In this workshop, participants will investigate teaching strategies to improve students’ abilities to engage in conversation with alternative viewpoints. Participants will reflect on ways to reveal the importance of recognizing and engaging multiple perspectives as well as ways to motivate students to learn from reputable sources. NOTE: This is an elective course in the Seneff Certification program.

LCTS2214: Problem-based Learning2 PD Hours

This course explores the learning of subject matter and skill acquisition through collaborative problem-solving. Emphasis is placed on using this method in community college courses.

LCTS6311 Interdisciplinary Teaching: Pedagogical Practices that Encourage Critical Thinking and Action3 PD Hours

This course will explore the benefits and challenges of designing and implementing interdisciplinary teaching techniques in the classroom. Emphasis will be placed on developing instructional activities that nurture students’ critical thinking skills by constructing alternative perspectives to course questions. In addition, participants will discuss strategies to meet challenges of interdisciplinary teaching and to maximize benefits to students. NOTE: This is an elective course for the Seneff Faculty Development program.

LOBP2230 Core Competencies: Think, Value, Communicate, Act (TVCA)2 PD Hours

This seminar examines strategies that facilitate student growth in thinking critically; communicating effectively; articulating and applying personal values and those of the various disciplines and appreciating the values of others; and applying learning and understanding effectively and responsibly.

LOBP3230 Thinking Things Through: Critical Thinking Theory and Practice10 PD Hours

Over 2 two-hour face-to-face meetings, participants will discuss and apply the concepts of Paul and Elder's critical thinking model, with a focus on the elements of critical thinking that can be applied to any discipline to teach students how to think more critically. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend a kick-off meeting, develop a lesson plan that incorporates the critical thinking elements, and present your lesson to workshop participants in the wrap-up meeting. NOTE: This will be of interest to those teaching in the General Education program. It is also an elective course in the LifeMap and Seneff Certifications.

LOBP3231 Critical Thinking: Intellectual Standards2 PD Hours

Faculty will deepen their understanding of the Paul and Elder critical thinking model by examining the personal qualities of a strong critical thinker and learning the standards by which to analyze a position. Participants will identify strategies to incorporate these skills into class activities, course assignments, and assessment methods. NOTE: This course is recommended for those who have completed LOBP 3230.