Hi, and welcome to issue two of the Instructional Forum
for academic year 2004-2005.
The theme for this issue is “critical thinking.” This is the college’s theme for
this academic year, and we have sat in many meetings and workshops discussing
the need to infuse our courses with “critical thinking” content: to get our
students to “think critically.” The workshops that I have attended and the
discussions that I have had with colleagues have been interesting and
informative, but the real questions are: “Are we building critical thinking into
our course curricula?” “What are we doing to teach critical thinking?”
For this issue, I have solicited articles from the instructional community that
share experiences and techniques for the practical application of teaching
critical thinking. Of course, you will also find articles on other issues that
impact the instructional community.
So, fix your favorite hot beverage, pull up to the fireplace to warm your toes,
and enjoy the articles! If you have any ideas for themes for upcoming issues of
the Instructional Forum, send me an e-mail at