Workshop: MDC LO: Critical Thinking (Adjunct Faculty)   

Course ID - CTD0445 

Short Title: LO Critical Thinking     

 Audience    Adjunct Faculty 
Length of Workshop:       4 hours 

Robert Maynard Hutchins once said, "The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." Such is the heart of critical thinking. In this fun and interactive workshop, our goals will be two fold: 1) to study the core principles, skills and strategies of critical thinking, part of Learning Outcome Three, as well as how to apply this to all other learning outcomes, and 2) to discuss how to apply critical thinking in the classroom as instructors, so that our students become intellectually engaged and can begin to think about their own thinking, as well as the subject matter, for themselves. Participants will focus on thinking about their own thinking, and their students' thinking, how to improve it, analyze and evaluate it. We will discuss intellectual standards such as, clarity, relevance and logic, intellectual virtues such as intellectual humility, intellectual courage and empathy, confidence in reason and fair mindedness. We will also discuss how to evaluate arguments, eliminating logical fallacies, and how language is related to thinking.
For successful completion of the workshop, there will be a short assignment to be completed within a week of the workshop.

* Adjunct faculty will be compensated at a rate of $20.00/hour upon successful completion of the workshop.  While you are welcome to take a workshop more than once, CTD can only compensate adjunct faculty for the first time that they take one of these workshops.


As a result of successful completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what encompasses the spirit of critical thinking
  • Describe different aspects of critical thinking 
  • Incorporate intellectual standards and intellectual virtues of critical thinking into pedagogical strategies
  • Identify and avoid obstacles to thinking critically in the classroom
  • Identify good versus bad reasoning in their students thinking
  • Ask critical thinking questions within their discipline
  • Assess the student's ability to use critical thinking standards during classroom discussion and assignments
  • Develop critical thinking strategies/assignments for their specific discipline, for example: The SEEi strategy


Dates of Workshop

Reference #

Delivery Format

Meeting Days/Time



09/17/11 679336 F2F Saturday
8:30am - 12:30pm
Homestead/G104 Michael Mannino


Registration information
Course ID: CTD00445 
Course Title: LO Critical Thinking 
Reference # - see table 

How to Register

Registration for CT&D workshops are through the Student Information and Registration system.  The process for registering for a CTD workshop will be the same as registering for a regular class at MDC.  

New - Easier registration for workshops

You can access the Registration System and register for a CTD workshop using the same user name and password that use to login to your computer.    Example:   Richard Johnson  would be rjohnson     (You will NOT need to create a separate student myMDC account to register for a CTD workshop

Make a note of the Reference Number for the workshop then go to Registration Instructions

Once you have registered for a class, you can print your schedule.    Please make every effort to attend once you've registered as seats are limited.     However, If you need to drop, you can also do this through the Web Registration screen.     CTD classes will appear on your transcript as non-credit classes.

If you need special assistance to participate in this workshop due to a disability, please call CT&D at 7-2366 so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  College Training and Development complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.