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CRITICAL & CREATIVE THINKING, ECTL
The ECTL's "Making It Visible" webpage is designed to celebrate the activities, assignments,
and other curricular elements UW instructors have created. We hope the ideas presented
here will motivate others to make critical and creative thinking more visible in their
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?
SUBMIT IT HERE
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SERVICES, SUPPORT, AND RESOURCES
We offer drop-in support hours every week to consult about a wide range of curriculum
and pedagogy questions, explore more advanced uses of WyoCourses, or get a refresher
about the basic WyoCourses tools. Drop-in support is open to all UW instructors and
no appointment is necessary.
Mondays and Thursdays 2:00-4:00p
Want to revise an assignment, adjust a syllabus, or review a set of course evaluations?
Interested in feedback from an independent classroom observation? We provide a variety
of consultations to help you revise a course with the goal of improving student learning.
All consultations are confidential unless otherwise arranged.
This workshop focuses on the MOST ESSENTIAL tools to get your WyoCourses class websites
up and running as quickly as possible! This session will give you hands-on assistance
setting up the basic functionality for your course.
These half-day events feature UW educators and ECTL educational developers sharing
innovative teaching strategies that significantly impact student learning. Presentations
may include strategies that engage with digital communication, inclusive pedagogy,
critical thinking, community service, and assessing student learning.
Attendees are welcome to attend for the entire half-day (lunch provided), sporadically
as schedules allow, or request video recordings of workshop sessions.
The ECTL Assessment Office invites 10 University of Wyoming Instructors (faculty,
staff and graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to apply) to attend the Kennesaw
State University 30th Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Summit.
The Summer Institute is founded on the model of the Great Teachers Movement, which
is based on the philosophy that well-facilitated shoptalk is one of the highest forms
of professional development. No individual "expert" can match the collective knowledge,
experience, wisdom, creativity, and genius of any group of teachers actively involved
in their profession. The participants are the "experts" at the retreat.
The John P. Ellbogen Summer Institute is funded by an endowment from the Ellbogen
Foundation and the Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning.
Every other year (odd years), the Ellbogen Center for Teaching & Learning chooses
a book relevant to faculty, staff, and administrators of the University of Wyoming
to discuss in-depth. Each participant who registers receives a complimentary copy
of the book. There are several groups available, each typically capped at 10 participants
to provide an environment where conversation and communication can be most effective.
Those who participate in the discussion sessions are often invited to an event with
the author the following Fall semester.
Past book choices have been Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto by Kevin M. Gannon, and Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College by Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert.
The ECTL subscribes to the Magna Publications weekly 20-Minute Monday Morning Mentor
series. These video-based programs are designed to answer a specific question related
to teaching and learning. They deliver actionable insights in highly focused 20-minute
presentations designed to fit busy schedules. Note: Our subscription only allows access to the weekly programs during the week they
are available (Monday through Sunday) and not before or after.
Current assessment activities include information on a range of projects and activities
recently completed or currently underway to gauge student learning, make improvements,
or respond to accountability interests.
National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. (2021). NILOA Current Assessment Activities
SoTL (The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) is defined at UW as "Systematic inquiry
into student learning by integrating the experience of teaching and prior scholarship
on teaching and learning and making the findings appropriately public. Thus, building
a SoTL community which leads to the assessment and enhancement of student learning."
Every year we offer and promote educational development opportunism for new instructors
in part funded by an endowment by the John P. Ellbogen Foundation. These include
a New Faculty Learning Community and New Faculty Book Bags.
The ECTL recognizes that graduate students play an important part in the UW teaching
and learning community. We encourage students to utilize our programs and resources
to develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities as instructors.
Every year we offer and promote educational development opportunities for Graduate
Teaching Assistants which are funded through an endowment from the John P. Ellbogen
The ECTL Certification and Badge Program offers an opportunity for UW instructors
to further develop as informed scholars, teachers, and effective educators.
We have worked hard to develop a limited, curated list of links and resources within this Knowledge Base. You can also find links to
other resources in other sections of our ECTL website--so if you can’t find what you’re
looking for here, please reach out to us for help: firstname.lastname@example.org
The ECTL library provides access to a range of resources about teaching and learning.
Our books cover a wide variety of subjects and themes and include many of the most
well-liked and well-respected books about teaching and learning. All books are available
for checkout and can be shipped to off-campus faculty at their location.
Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform that brings collaboration to
both remote and in-person learning. Breakout EDU games consist of a combination of
physical and digital puzzle elements that must be solved in a set amount of time.
Players of all ages are challenged to open the locked Breakout EDU box using critical
thinking, collaboration, and creativity.
To facilitate your growth as an effective instructor for UW's students, we provide
this Graduate Teaching Assistant Handbook as an introduction to your training in pedagogy.
We also provide our students a range of learning opportunities and environments.
Learning takes place in traditional classrooms, studios, and laboratories, and also
n the field and in the community. UW's most effective teachers are constantly learning
by testing new strategies and approaches to covey topics to facilitate higher levels
of understanding within their students. Because students learn most effectively when
they are actively engaged, university educators learn to employ a range of strategies
to facilitate student learning. In this handbook, you will find a number of these
strategies and approaches. Some will work for you, some will not fit your particular
uses. Pick and choose wisely, for that is the role of the effective instructional
Looking to innovate your online teaching delivery style? If the answer is yes, the
ECTL Lightboard Studio may be for you! With CARES funding, the Ellbogen Center for
Teaching & Learning (ECTL) has acquired a new teaching tool that lets you create innovative,
fun and engaging videos. It can be used for lecture as well as supplemental videos.
To facilitate the growth of effective instructors, we have gathered and developed
the following strategies and approaches that recognize the responsibility instructors
have to provide students a range of learning opportunities and environments. We have
also included information about important legal and ethical responsibilities that
instructors need to be aware of, career development materials, and other helpful information.
We are excited to share with you our newly designed newsletter, The ECTL Pedagogical Post! This newsletter shares teaching tips and spotlights faculty and graduate teaching assistants
doing great work, important campus collaborations and partnerships, and any other timely or interesting information.
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Pictured from left to right: Jeff Miller, Oksana Wasilik, Megan Jones, Meg Van
Baalen-Wood, Christine Boggs, Janel Seeley, Heather Webb Springer, Shujuan
(Olivia) Wang, Janissa Martinez, Jake Hayden