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To use tech to improve teaching of critical thinking

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In a report from 2015 by The Foundation for Young Australians that used data from 4.2 million online job postings in the period 2013-2015 it is shown that the demand for critical thinking skills had risen with 158% during the period. While the demand for digital literacy had increased by 212%, and creativity 65% and problem-solving skills with 26%. At the same time, other research shows that the teaching of critical thinking is lagging behind. With this background, Dr Martin Davies at the University of Melbourne, suggests that tech in the form of computer-aided argument-mapping can be the bridge that leads the students to meet the 21st Century labour market’s demands. Dr Davies describes computer-aided argument-mapping in the following way: “It’s a process that involves clearly outlining a contention at the top of a map, followed by tiers of reasons and objections; and is used as a visual tool that helps in understanding, assessing, and evaluating arguments.” This is easily done in argument-mapping tools like open source MindMup. Source: University of Melbourne

In the book Learning Design in Practice for Everybody, this method is used in the planning stages of the 6iModel that is presented in the book. Besides critical thinking, visualisation of the ideas is another key to making the process more efficient, the model can be used for most forms of projects where creativity, problem-solving and innovation are the driving forces.

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