In this workshop, participants will be introduced to argument mapping, the visual representation of reasoning and evidence in box-and-line diagrams. A growing body of research shows that argument mapping significantly improves critical thinking skills. In fact, meta-analyses find that courses that use argument mapping yield five or six times the gains of a standard semester at college!

Do you assign argumentative essays to your students? Must students write position papers or deliver argumentative speeches in your classes? Are discussion or debate central features of your classes? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this workshop is tailor-made for you!

Workshop participants will develop the fundamentals of argument mapping: both as a tool for analyzing existing and creating one’s own arguments. Special emphasis will be given to strategies for teaching argument mapping to students. Participants will leave this workshop with classroom activities, lesson plans, assessments, and other resources to improve the rigor and precision of students’ thinking, and written and oral communication!

  • Date: Friday, April 17, 2020 (this event will be rescheduled)
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m, includes morning session (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.), lunch (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.), and afternoon session (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
  • Location: Building F, Room F319
  • Facilitator: Nathan Otey, COO and Lead Instructor, ThinkerAnalytix; Fellow in Philosophy, Harvard University
  • CEUs: 0.3 morning session; 0.2 afternoon session; or 0.5 both sessions
  • Register

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174,

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