“I absolutely recommend Touchstones to other classes! I grew intellectually and personally. This class allowed me to not only perfect my leadership skills but explore my inner-self (as well as selves of other students) which will make me a more efficient leader and individual in the future.”
StudentU. of Oklahoma, after using Mapping for the Future
UMBC students complete individual work
Since the 1990s, Touchstones curricula have been used in post-secondary educational classrooms and also for faculty development. These settings include two-year bridge programs, community colleges, four-year universities and colleges, and teacher’s colleges and graduate education programs. Though each implementation is unique and meets the needs of a particular group of students, college classrooms employ Touchstones discussions to upgrade their students’ critical thinking and leadership skills—skills that are often underdeveloped coming out of high school and even undergraduate education.
Touchstones customized workshops for faculty help groups of professional post-secondary educators examine the benefits of seminar environments for cultivating higher level thinking skills among their students. Groups of tenured and non-tenured faculty learn valuable skills for engaging students more actively in their own learning. Through the Touchstones method, they also explore how their department and institution’s community of students is more authentically connected when inclusive dialogue is a central part of learning in the classroom.