It’s true. Online learning courses can improve your critical thinking skills

Study International | April 06, 2020

It’s true. Online learning courses can improve your critical thinking skills
Critical thinking in online learning is perhaps more crucial than critical thinking in a physical classroom. When learning online, students come across far more complex challenges that require novel solutions – often concerning technology and information. Critical thinking skills involve identifying flaws in people’s arguments or reasoning by weighing evidence and identifying misuse of information. These skills enable students to differentiate fake news from real reports, differentiating fact from opinion and understanding that they cannot take everything they read or hear at face value. Despite being such as pivotal skill, many employers report students’ thinking abilities leave much to be desired, suggesting a disconnect between the skills students graduate with from university and those needed in the workplace.

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This white paper focuses on how industry and education can sustainably collaborate to ensure that students are prepared for the dynamic labor market. This draws upon the conversations and experiences of a diverse group of participants including students, parents, teachers, administrators, non-profits, government, and industry at a computer science education roundtable in Fall 2016 held at Chicago’s UI Labs and hosted by Tata Consultancy Services and STEMconnector.

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