Pre/Views: This is Critical Thinking

By Vicki Tolar Burton, WIC Director

Critical thinking is desired by employers, acclaimed as one of the OSU “Learning Goals for Graduates,” and required in every course in the Baccalaureate Core, including Writing Intensive courses. However, my observation of hundreds (thousands?) of OSU syllabi and assignments across the Baccalaureate Core suggests that critical thinking is one of the least explicit aspects of most college courses. From Skills level Mathematics and Writing to Science and the Arts to advanced Synthesis, Difference, Power, and Discrimination and WIC, critical thinking is a required element of every Bacc Core Course. Read more.

Teaching and Learning Genres in the Disciplines: An Interview with Chris Nelson

By Ruth Sylvester, WIC Intern

Last winter, we featured an interview with Dennis Bennett on the new undergraduate Writing Studio. In this issue, we talk with Chris Nelson, director of the graduate Writing Center. We asked Chris to share his ideas about teaching genre. Read more.


Critical Thinking: Multiple Models for Teaching and Learning (abridged)

By Aubrae Vanderpool and Tracy Ann Robinson

In this article, adapted from a paper by Aubrae Vanderpool that focuses on critical thinking in first-year writing classes, we take a look at what critical thinking means, offer some strategies and suggestions for incorporating critical thinking pedagogy into subject-matter courses, and comment on assessment issues and strategies. Read more.

WIC Fall Seminar

By Ruth Sylvester, WIC Intern

The WIC program and staff would like to congratulate the 17 faculty participants of the Fall 2017 WIC Seminar. We are pleased to have these members of the WIC community committed to seeking professional development in the teaching of writing across the disciplines. Read more.


WIC Fall Workshop at OSU Cascades

By Vicki Tolar Burton, WIC Director

We are taking the WIC show on the road! On November 2, 2017, nineteen OSU Cascades faculty gathered on the Bend campus for an all-day WIC workshop presented by WIC Director Vicki Tolar Burton. Read more.


Winter Workshop: Intersections of Critical Thinking and Assignment Design

By WIC Team

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2-4 pm, Milam 215, for the Winter WIC Workshop, “Intersections of Critical Thinking and Assignment Design.” Read more.



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