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I use critical thinking a lot in my courses. I find that student involvement is minimal and they are quick to find answers on their phones rather than use deductive reasoning or anticipating what is involved in certain procedures. I request students put their phones away during lecture and encourage them to participate using only their common sense and reasoning. I feel this will assist them better out in the field where they need to be "in the moment," and may not always have their phones at the ready. 

In this section I learned various active learning techniques for example, an instructor can make a short video as a case study for a particular problem or issue.

I learned more details pertaining to the core elements of active learning. "The core elements of active learning activities are that students must read, write, discuss, reflect or be engaged in problem solving. There is an abundance of innovative strategies which can work in small and large group projects or individual activities."

Critical thinking does not come easy to everyone, therefore instructors can utilize problem solving tasks to encourage more thinking. This allows for interaction between classmate or groups to pose different opinions, responses and dialog which cultivate learning which does not feel like learning.

It is important to have different ways to evaluate the students

Providing feedback is important in a online class

The best way to communicate is to provide a detailed syllabus so the students can better understand what they need to do for the course

I learn to make sure that the structure of my modules should be the same to make it easier for me as a instructor and for my students to understand.

There are different ways to communicate through email with different types of students such as intimidators, quiet, distractive, etc.

Synchronous discussion is best used with one student at a time, I did not know this fact.

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