Recently, how students think and how they learn have been among the discussed topics in the educational system.
Armstrong also responds to students’ work both in an open forum and individually.
Armstrong also encourages students to think critically even when they don’t know it.
Renzulli and Dai (2001) determined that the individual’s knowing how to learn made the first step to learn better or to be active in the process of learning.
In this regard, an individual knowing how to learn might be defined as one who knows his own features, or in other words, his own “learning style”.
Each element of the modules contains some unique material, and Armstrong encourages students to use them all to enhance their understanding of the content.
“If you address enough learning styles and you’ve got students engaged and able to learn according to how their brains work, then critical thinking is easy to approach.The more varied the formats, the more likely students will go back to review the materials.) The online format also facilitates student collaboration because students aren’t limited to working together during a specific (and limited) class period and because it is less awkward for students to be critical of each other’s work online than it is face to face, Armstrong says.The first step in developing students’ critical thinking skills is to get them engaged in the course because, Armstrong says, “If you have students engaged in the course material, you’ve got a prayer towards getting critical thinking to start because they’re actually paying attention to what they’re doing.” Part of getting students engaged is finding engaging ways to present the course materials.So Armstrong asked each student to find a website that accomplished what she had originally intended.This activity simultaneously engaged students, helped them develop their critical thinking skills, and improved the course.Since students can pick their own time to do an online course, I think they find times that are better suited for them to concentrate.” In addition, students can go over the lecture notes and any supporting materials multiple times to reinforce the learning and promote evaluation.(The ability to review online materials multiple times is one more reason to make them as engaging as possible.You can ask them to analyze what you’ve taught in that unit because they’ve actually paid attention and thought about it,” Armstrong says.The key to teaching critical thinking is to walk students through the process.“I think it’s far easier to teach critical thinking online than in a face-to-face class,” Armstrong says.“You don’t have the time constraints of a fifty-minute class in which students are forced to think critically maybe when they’re hungry or tired or worried about a test in another class that day.