Curriculum and Programs

Critical Thinking – Critical Searching

Conducting an Internet search is certainly a quick way to find information — but once that search is done, it’s imperative to evaluate the trustworthiness of the results.
Even if you don’t have an extensive amount of time to devote to instruction on research skills or information literacy, there are some ways you can begin to provide students with the skills they need to distinguish accurate, authoritative material from that of a less trustworthy nature. For one such method, download an exercise from Constance Staley’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lectern, designed to help Read More…


Trends in Student Thinking: Course Decisions

We’ve discussed critical thinking as a goal for students in coursework, but what about thinking critically about the courses they’re choosing in the first place? Do you ever wonder what motivates students as they choose to take their courses? Does it just fit in their schedule, or did they choose a course they thought they’d enjoy? Cengage Learning’s 4LTR Press team recently conducted a survey among students, asking them to rate the importance of certain considerations when selecting their classes.Download the results to get a glimpse into what students are thinking about as they enroll.


Four Ways to Integrate Soft Skills in the Classroom

You may be tasked with specific learning objectives and student learning outcomes that have to be met as students walk out your door with a passing grade, but what about those less concrete objectives that you want to ensure are met as students graduate and go out into the world representing your institution? How can you ensure that your students learn those soft skills as they meet those objectives? Here are a few ways to integrate soft skills in your classroom:

    Demand proper spelling and grammar: In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, the authors write that though it isn’t incumbent upon you to
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