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    Developing critical thinking skills in distance education Developing critical thinking skills in distance education Presentation Transcript

    • Introduction by: Linda Rosemond
      Walden University
      Principles of Distance Education
      Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Distance Education
    • Higher order skill
      Rationally
      Evaluate actions/beliefs
      Certain criteria
      Teach how to think instead of what to think!!!
      What is critical thinking?
      How do I teach online students how to think?
    • Meta-Knowing
      Metastrategic
      Metacognitive
      Epistemological
      “Learning usually takes place when interaction is fostered among learners and between learners and instructor” (Dawson, 2008).
      2. Learning of community
      Cognitive presence
      Teaching presence
      Social presence
      The process!!
    • Involves the Integrating of…
      Critical Thinking
    • Flexible
      Identify biases/assumptions
      Skepticism
      Separate facts/opinions
      Don’t oversimplify
      Logical inference processes
      Examine before drawing conclusions
      Characteristics of Critical Thinkers
      I bet I can!!!
    • Best practices!
    • Students
      Ask questions
      Listen to each other
      Help each other learn
      Respect other’s ideas
      Build on other’s ideas
      Construct own understanding
      Think in new ways
      Instructors
      Maintain a focus
      Guide intellectual responses
      Ask probing questions
      Encourage full participation
      Summarizing what needs to be done
      Encourage to build categories of thinking
      Best Practices!!!
    • Ideas and Support
    • Possible?
      Does a cat meow?
      What inferences have you
      made throughout this
      presentation and are they legitimate?
      Find out now as you listen to Dr. Sam Brown from the Critical Thinking Institute.
      Possible?
    • Alshraideh, M. (2008). The effect of Suchmans’ inquiry model
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      Administration, 30, 499-518.
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      practices” for teaching interpersonal and critical thinking
      skills in an online course. Insight: A Journal of Scholarly
      Teaching, 4: 45-52.
      Sharma, P. (2004). Scaffolding critical thinking in an online course: An exploration study.
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      References Continued