Bay to Bay Symposium


Welcome to the Bay to Bay Distance Learning Symposium!

USFSP held its third annual Bay-to-Bay Learning Symposium on Feb 9, 2018. The symposium focused on critical thinking as a skill to be developed and infused in discipline-based courses. The full-day event featured two dynamic speakers, each of whom approached critical thinking from their expertise in research and instruction.

The event was facilitated by USF Sarasota-Manatee’s very own Dr. Phil Wagner who expertly guided us through the symposium and provided the ballast between our featured speakers, Dr. John Medina and Dr. Linda Nilson. Dr. Wagner brought his experience with critical thinking as part of the QEP for USF Sarasota-Manatee and provided institutional insight to the event.

Dr. Medina’s morning keynote presentation offered a deep view of how the brain processes information and how those processes facilitate critical thinking. Attention and memory were expertly woven both in and on the presentation. Those in attendance were offered poignant examples of our brain’s ability to learn and discern.

The afternoon session was presented by Dr. Linda Nilson and concentrated on the core principles of critical thinking by providing expert examples of how it can be infused in any course. From instruction to assessment, Dr. Nilson provided a penetrating view on the application of critical thinking to teaching and learning.

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services (OLITS) would like to sincerely thank all those who attended. This was a collaborative effort which could not have been done without the support of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library and its staff, and the supportive administration of USFSP.

We will see you all next year for our 4th Annual Bay-to-Bay Learning Symposium on February 8, 2019! Stay tuned to this website for details.

Please view the short video below for a summary of the 2018 symposium.

Browse the contents of Bay to Bay Symposium:

2018: Critical Thinking Unmasked: How to infuse it into a discipline-based course
2017: Teaching and Learning for the Workplace of Tomorrow
2016: Creating a Culture of Growth, Change, and Innovation