During the March term at Westwood’s Denver South campus, I’ll be teaching HUM 400, Creative and Critical Thinking. I’ve taught the course on campus before, but never online or in a hybrid format, as I will be this time. When I’ve taught the class in the past, I’ve selected a controversial topic for the class to examine and then required each student to follow the process on his/her own and write a paper about it. I’m thinking of using global warming as the topic this coming term.
I like to show 12 Angry Men (the original black-and-white movie, not a remake) in classes when we discuss critical thinking.
For Red Rocks, I’m currently scheduled to teach one section each of ENG 030 and 060 (developmental classes) this summer and one each of ENG 030 and 131 this fall. The section of ENG 131, Technical Writing I, will be hybrid, which will be an interesting experience. I developed and taught a technical writing class for Westwood College Online in addition to teaching it “on ground.”
The Red Rocks English Department (along with some others) had a book fair on Friday where faculty could exam publishers’ offerings. Choosing textbooks will be hard because there are so many options.
Just for future reference, I’m going to include the course descriptions for the Red Rocks classes here. I got them from the Colorado Community College Common Courses page.
ENG 030, Basic Writing Skills–Focuses on sentence and basic paragraph structure and development. Enables the student to review and improve grammar, usage, and punctuation skills while employing critical thinking strategies and the writing process to respond to a wide variety of writing situations.
ENG 060, Writing Fundamentals–Focuses on paragraph structure and development and introduces the formal essay. Enables the student to review and improve grammar, usage, and punctuation skills while employing critical thinking strategies and the writing process to respond to a wide variety of writing situations.
ENG 131, Technical Writing I–Develops skills one can apply to a variety of technical documents. Focuses on principles for organizing, writing, and revising clear, readable documents for industry, business, and government.