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Two Live Teleconferences to Be Offered in December

Penn College is pleased to offer, through Professional Development, two live teleconferences in December.

On Dec. 1, from 2:30-4 p.m., the faculty-development teleconference “Teaching Critical Thinking Skills Across the Curriculum” will be held in the Mountain Laurel Room of the Professional Development Center.

This is a workshop on improving critical thinking in the classroom presented by Dr. Diane F. Halpern, president of the American Psychological Association and author of “Thought and Knowledge: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (4th Edition).”

Among the topics to be presented:

What research shows regarding critical thinking

Taxonomy of critical thinking skills with examples

A four-part model for improving critical thinking

Critical thinking skills that can be used in any discipline

From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2, a live teleconference entitled “Shaping the Future: Aspiration, Assessment, Action!” will report the findings of a major project, “Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year.”The interactive conference, to be heldin CAL, Room 104,will provideinformation on the new model for the first year that has been created through a collaboration of the Policy Center for the First Year of College and Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education.

This teleconference also will describe the process by which institutions can first measure and evaluate their achievements in the first year, then develop appropriate improvement plans leading to enhanced student success. Research findings will be presented and suggestions about implementation strategies offered. This will be beneficial to anyone who cares about improving the learning and success of undergraduates faculty, academic administrators and student-affairs professionals.

Registrations are being taken through the Workforce Development & Continuing Education offices at ext. 4775, or from the Professional Development Web site.

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