Intentional Use of Technology to Achieve Critical Thinking as a Learning Outcome

ID: 51885 Type: Virtual Paper
  1. Ruth Swart, University of Calgary, Canada

Abstract: The specific inclusion of technology to facilitate critical thinking instruction with undergraduate students was explored A course was designed to include purposeful integration of face-to-face and online technology to support an inquiry-based approach to critical thinking instruction With technology’s growth in use, diversity, and prevalence, technology has become a significant component in educational contexts The technology chosen needs to be appropriate for the instruction to be implemented and the learning outcome desired For this study, the technology was chosen as suitable for platforming the inquiry to achieve the desired learning outcome of critical thinking Critical thinking is an important skill for graduates from higher education programs, and the course was planned to include inquiry to facilitate the development of critical thinking The findings of the study provided student perspective of the use of technology with the instructional approach of inquiry, and their demonstration of the desired learning outcome of critical thinking When designing a course, it is important to choose technology best suited to achieve the desired learning outcomes

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