Critical thinking offers a deeper look, similar to a kaleidoscope, for interpreting knowledge. The art of teaching it to nearly 225,000 students across the UNC system is an ongoing conversation, raising many questions: What does critical thinking look like? How can it be taught across disciplines? Can it be measured? These are just few that launch complex discussion.

On October 20-21, faculty and other stakeholders are invited to more closely examine these questions at a highly interactive event, "Approaching a Common Language: Critical Thinking Symposium for the UNC System." Held at UNC Charlotte Center City, the symposium offers attendees an array of activities "intended to bring people together to share ideas and experiences to help students develop critical thinking skills," says Garvey Pyke, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte and one of the event’s creators.

Highlights include a keynote address by Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds, deputy vice chancellor at Kingston University, London and well-renowned practitioner and speaker of critical thinking and authentic assessment in higher education. Expect robust conversations during panel discussions, a multi-tiered "shared learning experience" and the choice of several group sessions that cover topics including, "Assessment: Demonstrating Critical Thinking Through Assignments and Rubrics" and "Communicating across the Curriculum." A cocktail reception will cap the first day where colleagues can meet and collaborate while enjoying live jazz music.

"The event is possible thanks to a longstanding partnership with faculty at Kingston University, London, facilitated by UNC Charlotte’s Office of International Programs," shared Pyke. Others who contributed to the culmination of this event include several critical thinking and learning community experts in the UNC system who will also share their experiences and findings.

The registration cost for UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and students is $25.00 but will increase after October 1.. Register today!

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