Critical thinking through a reflexive platform

Matthew Montebello, Bill Cope, Mary Kalantzis, Anastasia Olga Tzirides, Samaa Haniya, Tabassum Amina, Duane Searsmith, Naichen Zhao, Min Chen

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Abstract

Massive numbers of online learners have opted to enrol in MOOC platforms such as Coursera, EdX and Udacity, where a plethora of topical courses are offered. However, a limitation of all those platforms is that they cannot effectively support teaching higher order thinking, such as critical thinking, due to logistical issues in assessing such skills. This paper discusses a pedagogically designed online system that employs a set of purposely devised techniques based on a reflexive ideology, whereby complex reasoning skills such as critical and creative thinking form part of the process. Additionally, peer- A nd self-reviewing together with feedback upon feedback enables scalable assessment of complex critical thinking assignments. We investigate the effect of such processes as we analyse assessment data collected from a pilot project in a single online course with just 150 students that made full use of our system, providing over 3.5 million essential data points. A pre- A nd post-survey also provided additional quantitative and qualitative data as we close the paper with a series of conclusions and recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781538646236
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2 2018
Event17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018 - Olhao, Portugal
Duration: Apr 26 2018Apr 28 2018

Publication series

Name2018 17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018

Other

Other17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018
CountryPortugal
CityOlhao
Period4/26/184/28/18

Keywords

  • affordances
  • creative thinking
  • critical thinking
  • e-learning
  • reflexive pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Education
  • Software

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    Montebello, M., Cope, B., Kalantzis, M., Tzirides, A. O., Haniya, S., Amina, T., Searsmith, D., Zhao, N., & Chen, M. (2018). Critical thinking through a reflexive platform. In 2018 17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018 [8424778] (2018 17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ITHET.2018.8424778