Program for the 2011 PDI

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Using Peer Educators to Enhance Critical Thinking
Heather Landers
Critical Thinking
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour, 50 Minutes
224-26 LSC
Among the many challenges of integrating critical thinking into courses (and, in particular, 100 & 200-level courses) are the number of students in the classroom as well as the amount of content these types of courses must cover to prepare students for upper-level courses. Peer education is one way to facilitate student learning and the metacognitive skills that are required to learn deeply in these types of courses. The Arts & Sciences Tutoring Program as well as a new academic support program called TILT Study Groups are services to which instructors can refer their students. These programs rely on upper-level students who are trained not only to assist students with course content, but also to walk students through the process of thinking about how they are learning material and how to apply new concepts. By modeling critical thinking and metacognitive skills, these peer educators aid in the facilitation of critical thinking and can be a great resource to overwhelmed instructors. We’ll talk about how instructors can partner with TILT Learning Programs to address student needs by using trained peer educators.
Goals and Target Audience:
Targeted audience: Primary instructors & faculty members Goals: To share opportunities for instructors to work with TILT Learning Programs in enhancing the critical thinking skills of their students