following application.

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Faculty Learning Community (FLC) Application "Using Student Groups to Teach Critical Thinking" September 2012– May 2013 Due Monday, September 17, 2012

As part of this FLC, eight (8) faculty will study the course design principles and methods promoted by experts in Problem Based Learning (PBL), Case Method Teaching (CMT), & Team-Based Learning (TBL). Each participant will then identify relevant analytical processes for a course to be taught spring semester 2013, and design PBL, CMT &/or TLB assignments to guide students in applying those processes. Participants will also design a critical thinking pre- & post-test to assess student progress in applying the targeted analytical process.

Participation Requirements/Benefits:

 Full or Part time Sacramento State employment between September 2012 – May 2013    Commitment to attend 10 scheduled FLC meetings and submit all specified deliverables before by deadlines $600 in Professional Development Funds awarded upon submission of FLC deliverables The opportunity to reflect about and refine your teaching in the company of committed colleagues with similar pedagogical interests

Meeting Dates between September 2012 and May 2013 Wednesday Mornings,

10am – 12pm 1. October 3 2. October 24 3. November 14 4. December 12 5. January 16 6. February 6 7. March 6 8. April 10 9. May 8 10. May 22nd

Deliverables

1. A series of 2-3 PBL, CMT &/or TBL assignments for a course taught during spring 2013 2. A critical thinking test that measures an analytical process central to the course and targeted in the featured PBL, 3. CMT &/or TBL assignments. An action research summary analyzing the results of the pre- & post-critical thinking tests as well as evidence from other student work, to be posted on the University's teaching and learning website 4. Participation in a panel presentation as part of the 2013 Summer Teaching Institute

Section I: Applicant Information

NAME E-MAIL ADDRESS DEPARTMENT OFFICE PHONE Academic position or rank Number of years teaching

List your Fall 2012 and estimate as best you can your Spring 2013 course assignments: Fall 2012 Course name/number Days & Time Number of students Format (face to face, hybrid, online) Application Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2012 before 5pm to Center for Teaching and Learning, Library 4026. Page 1 of 2

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Spring 2013 Course name/number Days & Time Number of students Format (face to face, hybrid, online) I have reviewed the above dates and commit to attending all FLC sessions and providing all deliverables. Yes ___ No ___ Section II: Statement of Goals, Experience & Interest On a separate page please respond to the following questions. Please limit your response to a single sided page, double-spaced, 12 point font or larger.

Questions: 1. What experience have you had with using student groups and/or problem-based instruction to teach critical thinking?

If you have not used student groups and/or problem-based learning in this way, describe the specific goals you hope to achieve by doing so. 2. In which particular course(s) do you hope to begin or expand your use of student groups and/or problem-based learning? What is the average enrollment of a section of this course? If it is a multisection course, how many sections are usually offered? 3. Describe the interest and experience you have in assessing the effectiveness of curricular changes in student learning in your course. Applicants will be selected based on the following criteria: • Format/Size of course selected for LMS implementation: Preference will be given to faculty proposing PBL/CMT/TBL implementation in the following types of courses: Lecture format large enrollment (80-200) GE courses Upper level courses for majors Activity/Project based/Lab formats • Preparation: What experience has the faculty had with using student groups and/or problem-based instruction to teach critical thinking? What vision do they have for best practice implementation? If experience is limited, how motivated is the faculty member to acquire new skills? • Interest/Experience in education research: At what level has the faculty member expressed interest or participated in assessment of student learning or research on teaching and learning? • Diversity of Disciplines: faculty will be drawn from a range of disciplines in order to address critical thinking from a number of different angles.

NOTE: fuller description of meeting agendas and deliverables are available on the CTL website under “Quick Links” and “Faculty Learning Communities (FLC)” : http://ctl.csus.edu/?cat=20

Questions? Please call: Center for Teaching and Learning 278-5945

Return completed application, to:

Center for Teaching and Learning Library 4026 Or e-mail to [email protected]

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