The 16th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching & Learning will be take place on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 in the Eberhard Conference Center.

8:30 – 9:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 Opening Address, Christine Rener
10:10 – 10:50 Roundtable Discussions
11 – 11:45 Concurrent Sessions I
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch, book raffle, and Forum Theatre piece
1:10 – 1:55 Concurrent Sessions II

What does it look like to uphold the liberal ideal of critical thinking? How do we create the environment that “develops the skills of inquiry and reflection, which guide students to think for themselves, gain self-knowledge, and make ethical judgments” (GVSU Mission, Vision and Values).

In the opening address and in guided roundtable discussions, we will engage with a trans-disciplinary understanding of critical thinking and discuss ways in which faculty can “start” the conversation in the classroom. How can we guide students to think about thinking and improve their thinking? We will examine how the ways in which we ask questions impact the ability of students to ask questions. Strategies to cultivate critical thinking will be developed by studying examples from various disciplines.

In addition to the new location, you will notice a few other changes to this year’s conference, including guided roundtable discussions, multiple concurrent session formats, and a Forum Theatre piece during lunch. The formats of the sixteen concurrent sessions are:

  • Roundtable sessions of an issue related to teaching and learning
  • Presentations of the scholarly results of a teaching project
  • Strategies for the classroom, sharing ideas that can be readily used by others 


Please join us for this important conversation, to help kickoff our 50th year, and to reconnect with your colleagues around teaching and learning.

The Conference will be held in the Eberhard Conference Center. Parking is available in the Conference Guest Parking Lot on Fulton Street, underneath the U.S. 131 overpass. A map is available here.




Opening Session Slides (PDF) Critical Thinking Quotes
Conference Breakfast Slideshow (PDF)
Critical Thinking in the
General Education Program (PPT)
Democratic Classroom Decision-Making: Promise and Peril  (LINK)
When Used by Trained Professionals, Clickers Foster Critical Thinking
(PPT) (Handout)
ILCCs: Designing Critical Thinking into Information Literacy Instruction
(PPT) (Handout 1) (Handout 2)
 Thinking Strategically
 More Than a Thousand Words: The Use of Drawing in Teaching and Scholarship


For answers to your questions, contact us at 331-3499 or ftlc@gvsu.edu. To register, visit the seminar registration site. Accurate registration information will help us meet our sustainability goals. Those who register by Wednesday, August 18 will be eligible for a book raffle.



2009 Conference Overview

2009 Conference Concurrent Session Descriptions

2008 Conference Overview


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