Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL)

First Fridays

October 7, 2022

Please join us for the October First Fridays workshop series. The meetings will be virtual, held via Microsoft Teams. Use the registration links below to get an email with the meeting link as well as calendar files to keep on your schedule. Feel free to attend as many sessions as you like.


  • Teaching Critical Thinking 

    9:30 am - 10:30 am 
    Facilitated by Sara Friedman, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Morgan Gresham, English, and Alaina Tackitt, English
    Developing students’ critical thinking skills is often listed as an important objective in many courses. But what, exactly, are we asking them to do? How can we help students identify key critical thinking skills and know when to apply them? In this session, we’ll hear from some faculty who are leading the charge on “de-mystifying” critical thinking, as well as discuss some effective strategies that you can use to promote it in your course.
    Registration Link 

  • The Rosenthal Effect: Expect More, Get More 

    11:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Facilitated by Emad Mansour, CITL  

    The greater the expectations placed upon students, the better they perform. Communicating high expectations is a form of self-fulfilling prophecy. In this session, we will discuss this phenomenon and identify strategies to implement it in classroom.

    Registration Link

  • Centering Course Structures

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Facilitated by Tim Henkel, CITL
    Are you looking for a different approach to your course policies and ways of engaging your students? Adopting a learner-centered approach to your course policies can not only increase equity and success of your students, but also make your work and course management simpler. This workshop will look at several approaches to learner-centered course structures and give you an opportunity to work through these ideas with your colleagues.

Registration Link