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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.
The ECTL's "Making It Visible" webpage is designed to celebrate the thoughtful activities, assignments, and other curricular elements UW instructors have created to help students develop their critical and creative thinking skills. We hope the ideas presented here will motivate others to make critical and creative thinking more visible in their own courses.
Why? We want educators to make critical thinking visible because we know that students are more likely to transfer, appreciate, and apply skills when they understand why they are being asked to engage in certain kinds of tasks. We know that clear frameworks, metacognition, and reflection can encourage students to be more aware of the importance of critical thinking and better versed at engaging their critical thinking skills in diverse contexts.
Do you have a great critical and/or creative thinking assignment, activity, or other resource (e.g., syllabus discussion) to share?