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The Critical Thinking Initiative

Jul 18, 2018

Some high stakes assessments of student writing are currently being done by computers. Steve and Dave tackle the question of whether or not cutting-edge artificial "intelligence" successfully evaluates papers for critical thinking, or anything else. Will your job as an educator soon be replaced by a computer? Tune in to...


Jul 6, 2018

Many educators are frustrated by student writing, frustrated by the time they devote to responding to student writing, and frustrated by the lack of revision, if not improvement, between drafts.  In this episode, Dave and Steve not only dispel myths about what constitutes an effective response to a student paper, they...


Jun 15, 2018

What does that mean?  Dave and Steve explore a highfalutin idea called Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) and its implications for teaching and critical thinking.  Want to know why students procrastinate?  Why they revert to their old ways?  How to get them to advanced their thinking?  Then you'll want to understand CLT and...


May 16, 2018

What happens when someone creates a dialogue between west coast liberals and southern Trump supporters?  Find out in this episode!  Steve and Dave are joined by Spaceship Media founders and journalism activists, Eve Pearlman and Jeremy Hay.  Spaceship Media's "dialogue journalism" is fostering constructive discourse...


Mar 26, 2018

Dave and Steve tackle one of the more over- and misused terms in education, Problem-Based Learning (PBL).  Learn the research behind PBL, what it is, for what it works well and for what it doesn't work well.  In news of the week: How Artificial Intelligence is going to force educational change, and how critical thinking...