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IGI Summer 2024 Global Educators Workshop: "Critical Thinking in the Technological World"

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Professional Development
University of Illinois llinois Global Institute; Center for African Studies; Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; European Union Center; Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
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Jul 17, 2024 - Jul 18, 2024   9:30 am - 12:00 pm  
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Registration is open for the IGI Summer 2024 Global Educators Workshop. This workshop features two days of round-table discussions and keynote addresses focused on the theme of “Critical Thinking in the Technological World.” Educators from across the globe are invited to engage in dynamic discussions, exploring the intersection of critical thinking and technology in today’s educational landscape. 

Join us for a series of illuminating sessions designed to deepen your understanding of how critical thinking skills can be cultivated in and beyond the classroom amidst the rapid advancement of the technological era. From insightful keynote presentations to interactive roundtables, participants will gain invaluable insights and practical strategies to empower their students to navigate the complexities of the modern world. 

This virtual experience is open to K-12 educators worldwide. Moreover, Illinois K-12 educators are eligible to earn up to 5 ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH). Additionally, all participants who attend at least four hours, as recorded by Zoom data, will receive an electronic certificate of attendance.   

Please see below for the agenda. All times are in Central Daylight Time. To double-check the event start time in your time zone, click here.

Day 1: AI, Plagiarism, Media Literacy, and Disinformation

9:30-10:10 A.M.: Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: A Multifacted Transformation Presenter: Norma Scagnoli, Vice Provost of Learning Innovation at Illinois Institute of Technology 

10:10-11:00 A.M.: Empowering Critical Minds: Integrating Media Literacy in K-12 World Language Education

Presenter: Marina Falasca, Teacher Trainer at I.ES. en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández                               

11:00 A.M. – 12 P.M.: Roundtable on AI, Plagiarism, Media Literacy, and Disinformation 


  • Magdalena Brzezinska
  • Chryssa Lazou
  • Sharon Tonner-Saunders                               

Day 2: Teaching Controversial Issues in an Era of Global Crises                                

9:30-10:30 A.M.: Structural Challenges in the Education System

Presenter: Melinda McClimans, Assistant Director of Middle East Studies, Ohio State University                       

10:30-11:15 A.M.: Teaching Critical Thinking and Controversial Issues in an Era of Global Crises

Presenter: Erik McDuffie, Associate Professor of African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11:15 A.M. – 12 P.M.: Roundtable on Teaching Controversial Issues in the Classroom


  • Dinah Armstead              
  • Rashod Seaton 
  • Noah Tang         
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