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A Model of Critical Thinking from criticalthinking.org

A Model of Critical Thinking from criticalthinking.org | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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I'm thinking this is a pretty complicated model given that many of our very best critical thinking is done within the space of a blink!  However, it's useful to be able to break it down and explain it for undergraduates for whom universities have great expectations in criticial thinking but don't really explain how they know what it is when they see it.  And, sadly, in introductory courses too often professors don't expect critical thinking of their students - sticking too close to recall or lower levels of application thinking for their expectations of student performance.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 29, 2013 10:43 PM

This is a great interactive model of critical thinking. One circle has 8 elements of thought:
* Purpose

* Question at issue

* Information

* Interpretation and influence

* Concepts

* Assumptions

* Implications and Consequences

* Point of View

As you role over and selelct an element of thought you are hown additional information about the element. For example, if you were to select Point of View  you would be prompted to understand your point of view and provided with questions to further your thinking. In addition there are also prompts for intellectual standards to consider. The intellectual standards include: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, and fairness. In each of these area there is a brief definition as well a three additional questions to consider. There is also one choice (more) that provides you with additional standards you might want to consider and suggests that you think of your own.

Alistair Parker's curator insight, January 30, 2013 3:57 AM

Beth Dichter's insight:

This is a great interactive model of critical thinking. One circle has 8 elements of thought:
* Purpose

* Question at issue

* Information

* Interpretation and influence

* Concepts

* Assumptions

* Implications and Consequences

* Point of View

As you role over and selelct an element of thought you are hown additional information about the element. For example, if you were to select Point of View  you would be prompted to understand your point of view and provided with questions to further your thinking. In addition there are also prompts for intellectual standards to consider. The intellectual standards include: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance, and fairness. In each of these area there is a brief definition as well a three additional questions to consider. There is also one choice (more) that provides you with additional standards you might want to consider and suggests that you think of your own.

R Hollingsworth's comment, January 30, 2013 9:34 AM
terrific toy for educators to play with and use - would work great in a group discussion with a faculty scholarly community...

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Virginia Pilots Statewide Open Textbook Initiative for Community Colleges -- Campus Technology

Virginia Community Colleges is piloting a new program to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) in designated programs.
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Tidewater Community College's "Z-Degree" program (zero textbook cost) for a business degree had already launched in fall 2013. Initiative is funded by a $200,000 grand from William and Flora Hewlett Fndtn - goal is to save 50,000 students more than $5 million dollars in first year.

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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015 | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
Smartphones are fueling a shift in the communication landscape for teens. Nearly three-quarters of teens now use smartphones and 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online "almost constantly."
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web-based survey by Pew (not via phone) - Facebook still the big winner, but also Instagram and Snapchat (more diversification than in the past); disproportionality by race in usage rates not explained

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Innovative MOOCs Take Learning in New Directions - International Partnerships, Alumnae/i Networking

Recent efforts are tweaking the formula for massive open online courses and expanding their reach to new audiences.
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Global review maps the state of MOOCs in 2014

Global review maps the state of MOOCs in 2014 | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

Expectations for MOOCs have been shaped by offsetting waves of enthusiasm and skepticism over the past couple of years. Some say that 2014 was the year that MOOCs came of age in terms of profile and respectability, but also by virtue of a critical mass of investment, staff, reach, and revenue.

 

MOOC aggregator Class Central recently offered a convenient summary of the rapid expansion of MOOC programming over the past three years and a detailed breakdown of the MOOC market in 2014. This article takes you through the key stats and trends.

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A short history of work in developing artificial intelligence - "deep learning" stratagems support personalized learning

A short history of work in developing artificial intelligence - "deep learning" stratagems support personalized learning | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
The hidden story behind the code that runs our lives.
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It was interesting to see the many different academic disciplines that contribute to the theorizing and applications associated with artificial intelligence - I would love to see humanities represented somewhere in the story, but we must assume that these impressive scientists rarely interact with scholars from the humanities and fine arts. Think of the exciting projects that, for example, an expert in theatre sound engineering or in street photography/ethnography might bring to this work if it were connected with Open Science, for example, instead of corporate secrecy?

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MOOCs "bridging the gap" between #highered and industry – Wired Campus CHE

MOOCs "bridging the gap" between #highered and industry – Wired Campus CHE | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

Udacity is working with the Georgia Institute of Technology, with backing and input from AT&T, to develop a $7,000 master’s degree in computer science. Udacity now does not involve universities at all and works only with industry to develop its courses and nanodegrees.

Coursera has been running a pilot of the Course Specializations approach (series of short MOOCs then a hands-on capstone project) with a Data Science Specialization built by the Johns Hopkins University together with SwiftKey, a company that builds keyboard apps for smartphones.

edX has collaborated with Google to support the development of some of its courses.

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The title of this blog was very intriguing, and I'm not sure why - when we talk about the very close relationships that higher ed has with business & industry in so many other realms (e.g., funded research, patents, college boards, internships) - that we need to accept the implied notion that scholarly teaching in these arenas has abandoned its rightful accreditation organization.

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Computational Linguistics Reveals How Wikipedia Articles Are Biased Against Women | MIT Technology Review

Computational Linguistics Reveals How Wikipedia Articles Are Biased Against Women | MIT Technology Review | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

it also reveals how deep-seated gender bias can be and how hard it will be to root out

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... and the online comments below prove the point made in the article itself: "... it also reveals how deep-seated gender bias can be and how hard it will be to root out..."

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Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Movies, Audio Books, Online Courses & More | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we’ll do ours. We’ll tell you how to fill those devices with free intelligent media — great books, movies, courses, and all of the rest.
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Open Culture is such a wonderful resource!

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Federal appeals court rejects Georgia State U.'s '10-percent rule' for determining fair use @insidehighered

Federal appeals court rejects Georgia State U.'s '10-percent rule' for determining fair use @insidehighered | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
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No quick and easy formula for fair use when encountering closed-down copyrighted materials - makes sense. So we want to continue to encourage educators to make use of more open educational resources. Seek out materials that bear the 5 other kinds of Creative Commons licenses...

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A Very Helpful Rubric to Help You Integrate Twitter in Your Teaching

A Very Helpful Rubric to Help You Integrate Twitter in Your Teaching | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Inspiração para pontuação em fóruns EAD

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MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | MIT Technology Review

MOOCs Aren’t Revolutionizing College, but They’re Not a Failure | MIT Technology Review | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.
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" ... if MOOCs do prove revolutionary, it will be because educational institutions have finally figured out how to use them."

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Free online AP courses in sciences debut on edX Web site - virtual labs too?

The “massive open online courses” site opens a new link between Advanced Placement and colleges.
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Bio from Rice U; Boston University will offer AP Physics 1, and MIT will offer AP Physics C: Mechanics, both starting in January. There also will be AP MOOCs in computer science and chemistry from Cooper Union; in physics: electricity and magnetism from Georgetown University ; and in English language and composition from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

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Better Understanding through Data: Completion, Motivation, and Learning in Minnesota MOOCs on Coursera

Better Understanding through Data: Completion, Motivation, and Learning in Minnesota MOOCs on Coursera | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
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Part of EDUCAUSE Learning Institute's program "Seeking Evidence of Impact"

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CU Boulder Adopts Open Access -- Campus Technology

The University of Colorado Boulder has gone public with its recent adoption of an open access policy.
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"The aim of the policy is to enable global access to research findings to speed scientific discovery, improve educational experiences, enable innovation and stimulate the economy." Similar to Harvard and Univ of CA

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HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014 by Andrew Dean Ho, Isaac Chuang, Justin Reich, Cody Austun Coleman, Jacob Whitehill, Curtis G Northcutt, Joseph Jay William...

HarvardX and MITx: Two Years of Open Online Courses Fall 2012-Summer 2014 by Andrew Dean Ho, Isaac Chuang, Justin Reich, Cody Austun Coleman, Jacob Whitehill, Curtis G Northcutt, Joseph Jay William... | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
What happens when well-known universities offer online courses, assessments, and certificates of completion for free? Early descriptions of Massive Open Online
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study by Harvard and MIT profs of their institutions' MOOCs examining data from 1M enrollees + survey results from about 20% of them

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Are MOOCs Working for Us? (Part 2)

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Blog: Higher Ed BetaThis post is the second in a four-part series on MOOC research at Davidson College. We began with “why”, laying out the rationale for leading with a qualitative and residentially focused study.
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Inspiração para apresentação de pesquisa bibliográfica

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Professors and Virtual World Professionalism: A Qualitative Study | Blackmon | Journal For Virtual Worlds Research

Professors and Virtual World Professionalism: A Qualitative Study
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A wonderful qualitative study by Dr. Stephanie Blackmon (Univ of Oklahoma) that she describes as "a hermeneutic phenomenology" ... "Participants included 10 professors from various countries, and they were assigned pseudonyms for this study. The findings indicate that avatar attire is an important aspect of professionalism for many professors, and professors were able to maintain professionalism in their virtual world classrooms with both human and non-human avatars."

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Stand aside for the smartphone generation

Stand aside for the smartphone generation | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
the reluctance of pedestrians to engage in negotiation for right of way
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"an increasing number of people will not 'give way' any longer" - English courtesy norms on the streets are changing! wow, what's next in this crazy world? free and open courses that are meaningful and valued by others?

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U.S. Postsecondary Faculty in 2015: Diversity in People, Goals and Methods, But Focused on Students

FTI Consulting for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found that 40% use or are interested in using innovative techniques and technologies - but that of the 40%, only half have actually used them

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Summary of the report available at CHE Wired Campus http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/professors-know-about-high-tech-teaching-methods-but-few-use-them/55777?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

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Who Knows? Issues on how "general knowledge" is defined and expressed - Wikipedia

Who Knows? Issues on how "general knowledge" is defined and expressed -  Wikipedia | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
Free for 24 hours. Claims to authority by both academe and Wikipedia are riddled with contradictions.
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The comments below the article really help explain the limitations of the arguments presented here. However, the author brings up some really good points about the issues surrounding the "authority" of academia in the general public. This calls to mind the current debates in the U.S. Congress about whether or not a leader in U.S. policymaking can "believe" the authority of our most respected scientists on topics such as global climate change or evolution.

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Quick facts about #FreeCommunityCollege (with images, tweets) · RebeccaAguilar

President Obama's #freecommunitycollege proposal has everyone looking for facts on community colleges in the U.S. Here is a compiled group of graphics shared on social media. Find out who currently attends, who has been left in debt and who could benefit if states adopt the plan.
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A very useful set of infographics - makes Kentucky's strange mix of poverty, elite KCTCS administrators and poor baccalaureate degree attainment stand out all the more starkly.

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OER Mythbusting! | Busting myths about open education.

OER Mythbusting! | Busting myths about open education. | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Download the .pdf at

http://mythbusting.oerpolicy.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/OER_Mythbusting.pdf

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Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in the sciences: universal credentialing system through the Open Education Alliance + portfolio of products at graduation (vs...

Khan Academy founder has two big ideas for overhauling higher education in the sciences: universal credentialing system through the Open Education Alliance + portfolio of products at graduation (vs... | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
Soft-spoken education revolutionary Sal Khan has a few ideas for how to radically overhaul higher education. First, create a universal degree that's comparable to a Stanford degree, and second, tra...
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Top tech companies -- and many small businesses too -- don't care as much about baccalaureate degrees as much as they want to see what graduates can actually do.  They want to see creative products, or ePortfolios, not traditional resumes from applicants.

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Remodeling MOOCs in 2014 - from ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs)

Remodeling MOOCs in 2014 - from ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs) | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it

Since the first wave of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) around 2012, hypotheses about their impact have abounded, and have changed over time. So too have emotions about the courses evolved (from excitement to disenchantment or even suspicion) to where we may be now: a calmer state where the both the hype and counter-hype have worn off.

 

Now, organisations are using the essence of MOOCs – an online, adaptable, customisable, and accessible platform – to achieve diverse educational outcomes and business models.

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EdX courses are now offered by universities in 20 countries, including India, Mexico, France, and Hong Kong.12 Chinese institutions have now launched their own platform, XuetangX, with some 300,000 users already. XuetangX is based on EdX’s open-source codebase.Again using EdX’s open-source codebase, Jordan’s Queen Rania Foundation has created a similar portal, Edraak. Edraak offers Arabic language content from Middle Eastern schools and displays text from right to left.Saudi Arabia has announced its creation of a portal designed to teach vocational skills to its workforce.
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NIH Big Data to Knowledge project's funding to encourage new ways to use #bigdata in medicine inc MOOCs and #OER

NIH Big Data to Knowledge project's funding to encourage new ways to use #bigdata in medicine inc MOOCs and #OER | MOOCs and Open Educational Resources | Scoop.it
Official website of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative.The mission of the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative is to enable biomedical scientists to capitalize more fully on the Big Data**being generated by those research communities. With advances in technologies, these investigators are increasingly generating and using large, complex, and diverse datasets. Consequently, the biomedical research enterprise is increasingly becoming data-intensive and data-driven. However, the ability of researchers to locate, analyze, and use Big Data (and more generally all biomedical and behavioral data) is often limited for reasons related to access to relevant software and tools, expertise, and other factors.
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FY 14 Awards go to about 20 universities for

* Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing

* Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium

* Training and Career Development in Biomedical Big Data

* Development of Big Data Courses and Open Educational Resources

Centers of Excellence for Big Data Computing Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium Training and Career Development in Biomedical Big Data Development of Big Data Courses and Open Educational Resources - See more at: http://bd2k.nih.gov/FY14/Ed/Ed.html#sthash.CGyYGwEC.dpufCenters of Excellence for Big Data Computing Data Discovery Index Coordination Consortium Training and Career Development in Biomedical Big Data Development of Big Data Courses and Open Educational Resources - See more at: http://bd2k.nih.gov/FY14/Ed/Ed.html#sthash.CGyYGwEC.dpuf
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