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12/20/93

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Staff eligible for selected CTL courses"

STANFORD -- For the first time, on an experimental basis, staff are eligible to take courses offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning during winter quarter.

There is a $140 charge for each course, but Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds may be available to employees who are at least 50 percent time.

Enrollment is limited, so interested people should contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 723-1326 as soon as possible. Questions about STAP funds should be directed to 723- 0657.

Courses offered this quarter are:

CTL 10A, "Learning by Design."

"Textbooks, lectures, workshops and even my own study sessions are seldom optimized to match my strengths as a learner. Once I understand this fact, I am in a position to begin assuming responsibility for the redesign of my learning process." One unit. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1:05 p.m., McCullough 134. Taught the first five weeks of the quarter, ending Feb. 7.

CTL 10B, "Self-Coaching and the Art of Working Reflectively."

"It's not good enough for me simply to complete my work on time. I also must be able to improve without external guidance and without a formal program of instruction. Self-coaching depends on three things primarily: self-observation, asking certain types of questions and a willingness to experiment." One unit. Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:15 to 1:05, McCullough 134. Taught the final five weeks of the quarter, starting Feb. 9.

CTL 30, "Question-Driven Learning."

"Once I understand the basic types of questions and their natural interrelationships, asking questions about abstract objects and unfamiliar processes (ozone depletion, the trade deficit, exaptation) becomes no more difficult than asking questions about everyday things." Two units. Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5:05 p.m., Skilling 191.

CTL 40A, "Reading Faster: Techniques for Handling Information Overload."

"Managing an overload of information and inputs requires much more than 'speed reading' as it has traditionally been defined." One unit. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 to 1:05 p.m., Terman Auditorium. Taught the first five weeks of the quarter, ending Feb. 3.

CTL 40B, "Reading Smarter."

"Expert readers shift gears smoothly and quickly, as they move out of one type of reading (browsing, for example) and into another (aesthetic, inspirational, interpretation-intensive, memory- intensive, systematically critical)." One unit. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15 to 1:05 p.m., Terman Auditorium. Taught the final five weeks of the quarter, starting Feb. 8.

CTL 50, "Think On Your Feet."

"In discussions, I must quickly grasp the point being made, the supporting arguments, and the nature of the responses to arguments on the other side of the question. I must also be aware of the psychological and social forces that inhibit collaborative thinking in discussion situations." Two units. Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15 to 4:05 p.m., Skilling 191.

CTL 182, "Learning and Action: Achieving Results Through Creating a Learning Organization."

"In order to do more with less and to solve problems never faced before, organizations must learn by design rather than chance. How can organizations shift from a mode of learning characterized by unconscious adaptation to one of conscious anticipation?" One unit. Every other Friday, 2:15 to 4:05 p.m., Skilling 193. Starts Jan. 7.

For more information consult Courses and Degrees or call the Center for Teaching and Learning, 723-1326.

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