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. Participants will understand what argument mapping is, how it is used, and how to visually represent a variety of arguments from many different disciplines. A spring workshop is planned that will focus on teaching argument mapping. Complete a short personal action plan after the session to earn 0.3 CEUs.

  • Date: Friday, October 30, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Location: Webex
  • Facilitator: Dona Warren, Director, Critical Thinking Center, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • CEUs: 0.3 – After attending the session, please complete this personal action plan by December 11, 2020 to receive CEUs.


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