Andrew Minigan, The Right Question Institute’s (RQI) Director of Strategy for the Education Program, will be delivering a keynote address, pre-meeting workshop, and breakout session.
Keynote: How Asking the Right Questions Can Improve Learning and Build Civic Participation
Andrew P. Minigan is the Right Question Institute’s (RQI) director of strategy for the Education Program. He is a co-principal investigator (Co-PI) on a National Science Foundation funded research grant to help researchers, including doctoral students and faculty in higher education, learn how to formulate better, more transformative research questions. He has facilitated learning experiences for faculty and doctoral students at Brandeis University, Northeastern University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Mt. San Antonio College, Citrus College, and the University of Prince Edward Island. Hundreds of faculty and students from around the country have participated in his active learning experiences, including a recent webinar for the American Society for Engineering Education. Andrew has written on the importance of question formulation and its connection to curiosity for Education Week, Social Education, Educational Leadership, and PBS.
Pre-Meeting Workshop: Introduction to the Question Formulation Technique: A High-Impact Practice for Student Inquiry
This active learning workshop will provide participants an introduction to the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple, powerful evidence-based strategy used by over 350,000 educators to teach students how to ask their own questions. The QFT helps to advance teaching and learning goals across all disciplines through cultivating collaborative, student-centered learning. Participants will learn how to facilitate the strategy and will have the opportunity to plan on how to best integrate the QFT into their instruction to support ongoing work. The workshop will be limited to 50 participants.
Breakout Session: Build Consensus and Facilitate Effective Decision-Making with the Right Question Strategy
Regardless of whether one holds a formal leadership position, getting buy-in from different stakeholders can be challenging. How can asking questions and focusing sharply on key decisions lead to greater buy-in, more inclusivity, and better collaboration? The Right Question Strategy offers a powerful, yet simple process for jumpstarting an institutional or departmental change process that generates buy-in from the different stakeholders involved. The strategy focuses on the use of two key skills: the ability to formulate questions and the ability to participate effectively in decisions.
Session participants will leave with a deep understanding of the strategy and will know how to facilitate the strategy with colleagues, staff, faculty, and others to better effect change within your teams, department, college, or university.