Do you teach Critical Thinking without a textbook? Or do you teach Critical Thinking and currently use a textbook but would like to switch to Open Educational Resources? Either way, this site is for you.

This course hub website contains OER/ZTC (Open Educational Resources/Zero Textbook Cost) resources for faculty teaching Critical Thinking (CRT 100) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC). These resources are freely available for use by BMCC faculty and beyond.

This work was created by Ewa Barnes, as part of the BMCC Open Education Initiative, which is co-led by the A. Philip Randolph Library and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (CETLS). The BMCC Open Education Initiative is supported by the CUNY Office of Library Services (OLS) and funded by the New York State Department of Education.

Although CRT 100 instructors are free to select any topics and instructional materials, they should prioritize teaching the skills listed in the student learning outcomes. 

Accordingly, the content of this course hub has been divided into suggested “topics.” Each topic has a dedicated page with multiple posts, which include assignments, activities, PowerPoints, and other relevant materials.  The “essays” section includes essay assignments and relevant resources. The “resources” section provides external links to other materials. For contributions to the site, go to “contribute.” 

Thank you to all Academic Literacy and Linguistics faculty who’ve already contributed materials to this site. This site is part of a broader effort to encourage openness and collaboration among instructors. 

This site is administered by Prof. Ewa Barnes, Lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Academic Literacy and Linguistics Department.

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