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ID : 390
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Title : Fostering Critical Thinking Skills Online: From Consuming Information to Creating It
Type : Workshop (60 minutes)
Category : Individual session
Abstract : Studies looking at whether students in the US (Marin and Halpern, 2011) benefit from explicit instruction in critical thinking have concluded that they do. However, at the tertiary level it is sometimes optimistically assumed that students have mastered the basics of critical thinking earlier in their education. The speaker will demonstrate tasks designed to help university students consider multiple perspectives in order to avoid the hazards of deceptive, misleading, or biased information. These tasks will include comparisons of the same news story from multiple sources and types of media, the use of specially designed websites meant to challenge students to uncover spurious arguments, and a semester-length project investigating controversial issues by analyzing the good, bad, and ugly of information sources. In the course described, students learn how to access different sorts of electronic sources related to their topic—Websites, online reference works, Internet radio, and broadcast news online—and they are taught critical evaluation issues unique to various sources. They then chronicle, through a blog, the evolution of their thoughts on the issues researched. Ultimately, students use the information they have vetted in order to create an NPO modeled after some of the advocacy sites they have accessed and analyzed.
Keywords : critical thinking, evaluating sources, plagiarism
Conference theme : Application of technology to the language classroom
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Main presenter : Prof. Joseph Dias
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Affiliation : Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo, Japan)
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Biography :

A professor at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan, Joseph Dias’ research interests include intercultural telecollaborative exchanges, autonomy in language learning, and how critical thinking can be fostered. He's currently a reviewer for the JALTCALL Journal and the program chair of the Lifelong Language Learning SIG of JALT.

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Date added : Friday, 15 March 2019, 9:27 PM [JST]
Date modified : Friday, 15 March 2019, 9:27 PM [JST]
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Submission status : Accepted
Schedule number : 220-W
Schedule day : Aug 9th (Fri)
Schedule time : 11: 30 - 11: 55
Schedule duration : 25 mins
Schedule room name : A101
Schedule room seats : 40 seats
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