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Critical & Creative Thinking

Most courses at UW, from USP to disciplinary, undergraduate to graduate, include learning outcomes focused on critical and creative thinking. Yet these skills and characteristics can vary significantly by context. Partnering with instructors throughout the university, the Critical and Creative Thinking Initiative aims to facilitate the inclusion of effective critical and creative thinking pedagogies throughout the undergraduate and graduate curricula. 




Revisiting Significant Course Projects - Call for Applications 2021-22

The Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning (ECTL) and the Learning Resource Network (LeaRN) are offering this year-long experience aimed at instructors who want to revise a significant course project for Spring 2022 or beyond. Participants in the learning community will discuss recent scholarship about effective critical and creative thinking and communication, make reflective and targeted changes to their course project design, and provide meaningful feedback and suggestions to one another. In this small group setting we will provide tools, direction, and motivation to help participants improve their students’ critical and creative thinking and communication skills.

This faculty learning community (FLC) is open to any UW faculty, graduate teaching assistant, or staff member who will be teaching a course in Spring 2022 (or later) that will include a substantial (multi-week/multi-part) project. Participants will receive copies of all required readings, including Bean+Melzer (Engaging Ideas) and Pearlman+Carillo (The Critical Thinking Initiative Faculty Handbook). The FLC will be capped at 15 or fewer participants, and everyone who attends at least four sessions each semester and submits a final revised project will receive a small stipend (amount pending funding, to be paid in Spring 2022). 


The FLC will meet five times each semester; participants can attend in person or via Zoom.

Fall Schedule: Fridays from 10:15a to 11:45a - Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Oct 22, Nov. 12, and Dec. 3. 

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this learning community. We appreciate your interest.  


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Meg VB-Wood ( or Rick Fisher (

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Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning

1000 E. University, Dept. 3334

Coe Library 510

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307)766-4847


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