Critical Thinking Corner Web Ct

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Critical Thinking Corner Web Ct

  1. 1. Critical Thinking Corner WebCT http://webct.uwa.edu.au
  2. 2. Overview 1. What is WebCT? 2. Critical thinking with WebCT
  3. 3. 1. What is WebCT?
  4. 4. <ul><li>WebCT is an online ‘Learning Management System’ (LMS). </li></ul>1. WebCT: The basics It can be used for <ul><li>Course materials and readings </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion boards </li></ul><ul><li>Lectopia access </li></ul><ul><li>Email and unit announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes, tests, and other assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Assignment submission and grades </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1. WebCT: Gaining access http://webct.uwa.edu.au 1 2 3 <ul><li>Your User Name (enter your Student Number) </li></ul><ul><li>Your Pheme Password </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1 . Inside WebCT: Course Materials Online Link to Course Materials Online (CMO) <ul><li>You can access: - Readings set by your unit coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Supplementary readings and sources </li></ul><ul><li>Past examination papers </li></ul>
  7. 7. 1. Inside WebCT: Lectopia Link to Lectopia <ul><li>You can access: </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded lectures (usually audio only) </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture notes (PowerPoint and/or PDFs) </li></ul><ul><li>Streaming and bandwidth options (Quicktime; Flash; standard modem; low speed modem etc) </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1. Inside WebCT: Discussion boards Post items and ideas for discussion <ul><li>You can post: - General ‘housekeeping’ enquiries </li></ul><ul><li>Specific questions and answers </li></ul><ul><li>Responses to readings and discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Some boards are monitored and/or assessed by tutors </li></ul>
  9. 9. 1. Inside WebCT: Assessments Some assessments must be completed in WebCT These are usually: i) Quizzes ii) Self-tests Some assessments must be submitted via WebCT Use the Assignments tool to submit assessments to your tutor for marking. Check in My Grades for your results.
  10. 10. 2. Critical Thinking with WebCT
  11. 11. <ul><li>Each of your course materials has been selected by your unit coordinator with careful thought. Try to account for each selection using your knowledge of approved methodologies, influential theories and disciplinary biases. </li></ul>2. Appraise your course materials Look at the required AND suggested materials! These will help you frame useful questions and develop your understanding.
  12. 12. 2. Listen actively Make useful notes (hard or soft copy) when accessing lectures via Lectopia. File these with your reading notes for revision. April 30th, Lecture 7: ‘Whiteness’ Notes: Official multiculturalism entrenches discourse of white privilege. Meaning of ‘white’ changes with political/social interests. Historical context: White Australia Policy (1901). Example: Key terms: Multiculturalism: official vs sociocultural. See G. Hage Culture: practices, norms, beliefs, values, ideology. See S. Hall Date and lecture title Pre-lecture preparation Notes – listen for overview of points and signposts such as ‘this is important’ This space is for your thinking! Agree? Disagree? Follow up? Link to readings? Link to assignment?
  13. 13. 2. Contribute to discussion Read other discussion posts for patterns and trends. Then, post your response! Identify links between discussion items, assessments, notes, tutorials, lectures and readings. Ask useful questions that begin with ‘What if…?’ or, ‘How about…?’ Tip: Try to identify major trends and then make links to specific questions and ideas.
  14. 14. The STUDY Smarter Critical Thinking Corner offers you skills and strategies for engaging with university study critically. Check out our pages on Lectopia, Voice, Reading and Research, and Note-making!

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