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Curators Key Requirement: Critical Thinking

Robin Good: Critical thinking is a key strategic skill needed by any serious professional curator. 

 

"Critical thinking provides the keys for our own intellectual independence..." and it helps to move away from "rashy conclusions, mystification and reluctance to question received wisdom, authority and tradition" while learning how to adopt "intellectual discipline" and a way to express clearly ideas while taking personal responsibility for them.

 

Key takeaways from this video:

 

Critical thinking refers to a diverse range of intellectual skills and activities concerned with "evaluating information" as well as our own thought in a disciplined way.
  Critical thinking is not just thinking a lot. To be an effective critical thinker you need to seek out and be guided by "knowledge" and "evidence" that fits with reality even if it refutes what the general consensus may want to believe.
  Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves informed about a subject.
  Critical thinkers do not take claims at face value but utilize scepticism and doubt to suspend judgement and objectively evaluate with facts the claims being made.
  Critical thinkers should evaluate information on the basis of reasoning and not by relying on emotions as claims the factuality of a claim cannot be solely based on the level of emotion that accompanies them or the fact that they may be believed by certain groups.

 

Highly recommended for all curators. 9/10

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OLPL5p0fMg&amp;nbsp;

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, February 21, 2012 11:56 PM
Thank you for sharing this video and the importance of critical thinking. It is so easy to get into the mindless consumption trap and making ourselves slow down, read, think, question, and seek is so important. It is all about the resisting the urge to click, but to hit the pause button and make yourself think
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, February 22, 2012 10:14 AM
Grazie come sempre, Robin! You always share valuable information and this video is a great source to reflect on the importance of critical thinking to refine thought processes when curating content. Content curation certainly requires and develops "better thinking".
Gregory Thackston's curator insight, March 17, 2013 4:54 PM

Critical thinking is a key component in addressing autonomous adversity and the need to collaborate in decision making.

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Critical Thinking - Standards of Thought - Part 1

Dr. Richard Paul defines the universal standards with which thinking may be "taken apart" evaluated and assessed. Excerpted from the Socratic Questioning Video Series from the Foundation for Critical Thinking.
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How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy | MindShift

How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy | MindShift | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Scientists are notorious for questioning the veracity of publicized research — and with good reason. They want to know: Who conducted the research? Where was it published? What were the survey questions?]


It’s that much more important when it comes to evaluating research in education that will affect the investment decisions of teachers, parents, and administrators.

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Jenny Pesina's comment, February 6, 2012 4:16 PM
Great article - thanks, Dennis! It was especially interesting to read what all parties had to say about their studies, usually you just get a review of one.
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Education World: Open-Ended Questions Stretch Learning

Education World: Open-Ended Questions Stretch Learning | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Paula Dention, EdD.


Language is one of the most powerful tools available to teachers. We can use language to stretch children's curiosity, reasoning ability, creativity, and independence. One effective way to do this is by asking open-ended questions -- those with no single right or wrong answer. Instead of predictable answers, open-ended questions elicit fresh and sometimes even startling insights and ideas, opening minds and enabling teachers and students to build knowledge together.


Instead of predictable answers, open-ended questions elicit fresh insights and ideas, and enable teachers and students to build knowledge together.



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How to Develop Effective Discussion Questions

How to Develop Effective Discussion Questions | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
Discussion design and facilitation has an indispensable role in online education and is dependent on the development of carefully crafted questions. Student satisfaction has been found to be highly correlated with interactions in the classroom.

 

This is a three part series that will help any online practicioner to better understand the complexities of writing discussion prompts and facilitating threaded discussion.  This is a university level research effort with a solid bibliography.  Well worth reading! ~ Dennis

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Do students need Information Literacy skills when they have Google?

Do students need Information Literacy skills when they have Google? | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Link to full text article!

 

Karl Kingsley, Gillian M Galbraith, Matthew Herring, Eva Stowers, Tanis Stewart, Karla V Kingsley (2011)

 

Why not just Google it? An assessment of information literacy skills in a biomedical science curriculum, BMC Medical Education, Volume: 11, Issue: 1, Publisher: BioMed Central, Pages: 17


The emerging networked technologies comprising the participatory Web, also known as Web 2.0, have profoundly changed the way information is produced, distributed, and consumed. Wikis, blogs, pod casts, video sharing, social networking sites, and other online applications offer innumerable opportunities for user generated content (UGC) and information sharing through what has been called an “architecture of participation”. Although these new participatory technologies provide rich opportunities for information sharing, they also pose new challenges for information seekers. Torrents of unfiltered information are uploaded to, and downloaded from, the Internet every day. In addition, users generate, remix, repurpose, store, and then share this digital information. As a result, Web users must continually balance the need for easy to find, readily available, reliable information and to avoid questionable, inaccurate, incomplete or deceptive online information.

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Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Pyramid

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy Pyramid | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Hyper-linked image of  Web 2.0 technology arranged by levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.

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Introduction to Crafting Questions for On-line Discussions | Penn State Learning Design Community Hub

Introduction to Crafting Questions for On-line Discussions | Penn State Learning Design Community Hub | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

Penn State's Learning Design Community is superb.



Have you ever run out of time just when a class discussion became interesting?


Would you like to hear opinions of the quiet students who get lost in the crowd?


Would you like to enhance the critical thinking level of your students?


If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, consider the advantages of moving some class discussions online.

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Faculty Emphasis on Critical Thinking in Instruction Faculty Emphasis on Critical Thinking in Instruction

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Study of 38 Public Universities and 28 Private Universities To Determine Faculty Emphasis on
Critical Thinking In Instruction
Principal Researchers: Dr. Richard Paul, Dr. Linda Elder, and Dr. Ted Bartell

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Generating and Facilitating Engaging and Effective Online Discussions (pdf)

Online educators who use discussion boards successfully estimate that their interaction with students can be as much as three times the interaction with face-to-face students, and that peer-to-peer interaction is even many times more than that.


For instructors facilitating a robust discussion board, the fervor of activity may prove overwhelming. How do you make the most of this new form of learning experience? And what if your discussion board is more like a ghost town than a boom town? How can you get students to participate thoughtfully and frequently?

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Jamie McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit

Jamie McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

By Jamie McKenzie:


"Each district should create a Questioning Toolkit which contains several dozen kinds of questions and questioning tools. This Questioning Toolkit should be printed in large type on posters which reside on classroom walls close by networked, information-rich computers.


Portions of the Questioning Toolkit should be introduced as early as Kindergarten so that students can bring powerful questioning technologies and techniques with them as they arrive in high school."


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Few internet resources have stood the test of time as well as Jamie McKenzie's Questioning Toolkit.  This is an essential resource for any online teacher seeking to understand discussion facilitation. ~ Dennis

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daretodifferentiate - Questioning Wiki

daretodifferentiate - Questioning Wiki | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

One of the fundamentals of online teaching is learning to create dynamic discusssion prompts that are deepened with skilled facilitation.  At the foundation of these skills is a deep understanding of Questions and questioning.  


This wiki provides a good wiki based archive of information and resources about questioning.  Give it a visit. ~ Dennis

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elearnspace › Questions I’m no Longer Asking by George Siemens

elearnspace › Questions I’m no Longer Asking by George Siemens | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

A few:

1. Is online learning more or less effective than learning in a classroom? Who cares. That question is irrelevant.

 

2. Does technology use vary by age? Nonsensical. It would only matter if people couldn’t learn new skills. They can. They do. Motivation, not age, is key.

 

3. How do learning styles influence learning online?  They still use destructive classification structures like learning styles in schools? Educators too readily fall for an attractive model that can be easily implemented.....

 

6. Is connectivism a learning theory? Again, who cares.

 

see the post for more!

 


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e-Learning as Inquiry - e-Learning for literacy

e-Learning as Inquiry - e-Learning for literacy | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it

The role of e-learning in literacy teaching and learning


A growing body of research indicates that e-learning has considerable potential to enhance literacy teaching and learning. At the same time, New Zealand teachers have access to an evidence-based body of knowledge about how to improve literacy outcomes for their students.

 

This raises important questions:

 

What is the intersection between these two bodies of knowledge?
What role could – or should – e-learning play in students’ literacy learning?
How might teachers use e-learning to personalise the learning opportunities they provide for their students?


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TwoSides

TwoSides | E-Learning and Online Teaching | Scoop.it
The best place to see every side of an issue and compare viewpoints with others.


TWOSIDES is based on the fundamental idea that the world would be a better place if everyone looked at every side of an issue. A world where people are more informed, open-minded, and tolerant.

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