Dr. Sweet earned his Ph.D. from University of Texas Austin in Educational Psychology. His research and professional work have centered on learning processes in student groups and he has published in Educational Psychology Review, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Decision Sciences, Journal of Innovative Education, To Improve the Academy, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. He was an invited guest editor for a special issue of Educational Psychology Review and was lead editor of the volume Team-Based Learning in the Social Sciences and Humanities: Group Work that Works to Generate Critical Thinking and Engagement.
Michael presents nationally and internationally on critical thinking and team-based learning, and served as the 2009-2010 President of the international Team-Based Learning Collaborative. Furthermore, the online resources he developed to support critical thinking instruction and team-based learning have achieved international adoption. Previously, he was Director of Faculty and Graduate Student Engagement in the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at Austin, led the Teaching Effectiveness Program’s instructional technology support services at the University of Oregon, and collaborated with the Distance Learning unit to consult with instructors in online courses at Portland Community College.
Michael has taught classes in Critical Thinking, Group Communication and various internet and data networking topics.