The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Innovative Teaching Showcase featuring the following instructors:

  • Bidisha Biswas (Political Science)
  • Ed Love (Finance and Marketing)
  • Mark Neff (Environmental Studies)

Through this year’s Innovative Teaching Showcase, we will explore how several WWU faculty teach with a focus on critical thinking. These instructors guide discussions, demonstrate strategies, and craft learning experiences that take critical thinking beyond typical boundaries into abstract, creative, ethical, and independent thinking.

These worthy candidates are among many at Western who do this essential work. Please share your innovative approach if you would like it included as a "profile" in our new publication.

“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking — about any subject, content, or problem — in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it... It presupposes assent to rigorous standards of excellence and mindful command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism.”

CriticalThinking.Org

See also: Teaching Handbook: Critical Thinking

The Innovative Teaching Showcase is a publication created by the Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment (CIIA) at Western Washington University as a way to highlight and share exceptional teaching practices by WWU faculty.

Each year the Western community nominates WWU instructors who exemplify the Showcase teaching strategy theme.

Showcases include:

  • video interviews
  • portfolio write-up of teaching approach accompanied by syllabi, assignments, examples, comments, and resources
  • alignment to institutional goals

The CIIA Advisory Board reviews nominees for inclusion in each year's Showcase. Selected instructors work with the CIIA to develop the resource through the end of spring term. The published work remains on the site permanently.

Since 1999, the Showcase has featured nearly 70 WWU instructors, and has evolved into a Creative Commons-licensed collection of teaching practices, catalogued in Western Libraries, and followed by a global audience.