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TILT to host summer conference on learning, teaching, and critical thinking May 19-20

April 12, 2010

Faculty, students, and staff are invited to participate in the 2010 Summer Conference on Learning and Teaching, hosted by the Institute for Learning and Teaching, or TILT, on Wednesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 20. The conference theme, "Integrating Critical Thinking into Your Courses," calls attention to the central importance of providing opportunities for students to think critically about the information, ideas, and arguments they encounter in their courses.

Limited enrollment, so register now

The conference, held on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Lory Student Center, will address strategies for using critical thinking to support student learning and engagement. Registration for the conference is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The enrollment limit is 150.

The conference workshop, held on Thursday, will provide opportunities for instructors to integrate critical thinking activities into their own courses. Registration for the workshop is free, but enrollment is limited to 40 and participants should be lead instructors for a course.

Keynote & workshop by UCLA's Jay Phelan

The workshop will be directed by Jay Phelan (pictured at right), from UCLA, who has been a member of the UCLA Life Sciences Core Program since 1997. Dr. Phelan will also deliver the keynote address to open the conference.

To register for the conference, please visit the TILT website. Refreshments, lunch, and materials on critical thinking will be provided to all workshop and conference participants.

More about Jay Phelan

Jay Phelan has been on the faculty of the UCLA Life Sciences Core Program since 1997, specializing in evolutionary biology, human behavior, and genetics. He received a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard in 1995, and master's and bachelor's degrees from Yale and UCLA.

Phelan is co-author of the international bestseller, Mean Genes (Penguin, 2001; translated into nine languages), the recently published textbooks for non-science students What is Life? A Guide to Biology and What is Life? A Guide to Biology, with Physiology (W.H. Freeman and Co.), and more than 20 technical publications. He also created the online adaptive testing website (Macmillan Publishing Group).

Phelan has served as an instructor at the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Program, his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and he has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CNN with Paula Zahn, the BBC, and National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. His work has been featured in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, and Elle magazine, as well as in more than a hundred newspapers. He is the recipient of more than a dozen teaching awards.

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