|RED| TH!NK: Cultivating Critical & Creative Thinking |C3T| Certificate

Many faculty hope to make a difference in our society by expanding students’ critical and creative thinking abilities, but may not be sure of how to accomplish the goal of cultivating those skills in a discipline-specific way that fits seamlessly within the context of their course.  Even for those experienced using active learning techniques to increase engagement in the classroom, may not know how to target specific teaching strategies to assist in helping students meet learning outcomes in the realm of critical and creative thinking.The RED TH!NK: Cultivating Critical and Creative Thinking Certification (C3T) is designed to introduce faculty to language, teaching strategies, and ways to provide feedback to students to support them in developing these skills, both generally, and in the context of your discipline.TH!NK: C3T is based on the TH!NK Program, NC State’s last 10 year quality enhancement plan, and incorporates all of the best parts of TH!NK while making it more accessible and flexible for a greater number of faculty. When you participate, you will receive asynchronous content over the course of the spring semester, and will begin brainstorming some discipline-specific activities and assignments that you can integrate into your course. You will refine these ideas over the following summer with the support of a mentor and peer cluster and then implement your ideas in the Fall or Spring semester. The scale of how much you integrate into your course is up to you. It can be anything from just adding some targeted in-class activities, to reimagining some of the graded assignments in your class, to a complete course overhaul. 

View the RED TH!NK: Cultivating Critical and Creative Thinking Catalog

Application now open through Dec. 19, 2022!

Faculty Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, faculty participants will be able to: 

  • Align evidence-based instructional strategies for critical and creative thinking with desired student learning outcomes. 
  • Design and use evidence-based instructional strategies for critical and creative thinking  in formulating discipline-specific course structure, and discipline-specific student  assignments and activities (formal and informal). 
  • Provide effective feedback on students’ critical and creative thinking processes, rather  than only final work products.
  • Use student reflections and a common rubric to assess students’ ability to apply CCT  skills and behaviors in the process of solving problems and asking and answering  questions. 
  • Share best practices in teaching critical and creative thinking. 
  • Participate in a robust interdisciplinary teaching community.

Important Dates: Application deadline and course timeline