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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 717.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Carolyn Kotlas <kotlas@email.unc.edu> (19)
             Subject: CIT INFOBITS -- February 2001

       [2] From: "James L Morrison" <morrison@unc.edu> (31)
             Subject: Technology Source, March/April 2001

       [3] From: Charles Ess <cmess@lib.drury.edu> (67)
             Subject: Re: 14.0678 function follows form, or not

             Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 20:24:12 +0000
             From: Carolyn Kotlas <kotlas@email.unc.edu>
             Subject: CIT INFOBITS -- February 2001

    CIT INFOBITS February 2001 No. 32 ISSN 1521-9275

    About INFOBITS

    INFOBITS is an electronic service of the University of North Carolina
    at Chapel Hill's Center for Instructional Technology. Each month the
    CIT's Information Resources Consultant monitors and selects from a
    number of information technology and instructional technology sources
    that come to her attention and provides brief notes for electronic
    dissemination to educators.


    Costs of Online Education
    Technology and the Biological Process of Learning
    Guidelines for Distance Education Released
    Preparing Tomorrow's Presenters
    Web Tools for Detecting Student Plagiarism
    Articles on Distance Education and Copyright

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             Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 20:27:04 +0000
             From: "James L Morrison" <morrison@unc.edu>
             Subject: Technology Source, March/April 2001

    Below my signature bloc is a description of the March/April 2001 issue of
    The Technology Source, a free, refereed e-Journal available at

    Noel Fiser, the webmaster that SCT provides as part of their sponsorship of
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    We are excited about making TS a more interactive and useful communication
    tool as educators face the challenge of using information technology tools
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    --[3]------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2001 20:35:10 +0000 From: Charles Ess <cmess@lib.drury.edu> Subject: Re: 14.0678 function follows form, or not

    > --[1]------------------------------------------------------------------ > Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2001 07:54:45 +0000 > From: erose@Princeton.EDU > >

    > [Do you have any recommendations where I can send my students on the web to > learn more about argument per se?]

    At the risk of shameless self-advertising - my web pages on this, while basic and crude, often receive kudos from various folk as useful:

    A Database of Informal Fallacies <http://www.drury.edu/faculty/Ess/Logic/Informal/Overview.html>

    Flush Rush?: or, how to make moral decisions in the face of uncertainty (an exercise in critical thinking and values analysis) <http://www.drury.edu/faculty/Ess/convo1.html>

    The last time I did a Google search on logic and critical thinking, I was surprised - though perhaps shouldn't have been - by how few sites (ca. 75) turned up; even fewer were of any substance - though some are quite good, e.g., Critical Thinking Resources: An Annotated Bibliography < http://www.montclair.edu/Pages/CRC/Bibliographies/CriticalThinking.html> Laura Bardroff Zieger Curriculum Resource Center Office of Teacher Education Center of Pedagogy College of Education and Human Services Montclair State University Upper Montclair, New Jersey Fall 1998 An amazingly rich annotated bibliography

    AltaVista maintains a page of sites devoted to critical thinking: http://dir.altavista.com/Science/53335/37438/135847.shtml

    In addition to the sites for "The Critical Thinking Community" (Richard Pauls company <http://www.sonoma.edu/cthink/>) among them are the following -

    See: http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/tour/tourfrm3.html An overview of elements of critical thinking, as focused on argument analysis, questions of validity and soundness, and informal fallacies. Part of the "Mission:Critical" web site one of the best Ive seen on critical thinking: <http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/itl/graphics/main.html>

    Fallacies - Stephen Downes - A guide to arguing and logical fallacies. http://www.intrepidsoftware.com/fallacy/welcome.htm A logic instructors site very nice, including a list of fallacies with definitions and examples, as well as a resource list.

    An experiment in group learning technology: evaluating critical thinking in face-to-face and computer-supported seminars http://www.qub.ac.uk/mgt/papers/ccvsem/contents.html Details the analysis of CT in face-to-face seminars vs. conferencing systems. (Small sample, somewhat dated.) Interestingly enough, while CT appears to have been somewhat greater in conferencing systems, the level of participation dropped (perhaps because of difficulty in using the system, etc.)

    Evaluating Web Resources, by Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate http://www2.widener.edu/Wolfgram-Memorial-Library/webeval.htm An effort to provide guidelines for evaluating web-based materials.

    Applying critical thinking to strategic decision-making in business: http://members.xoom.com/cooperate/!critthi.htm Beware! The authors have a product to sell!

    With all best wishes,

    Charles Ess Chair, Philosophy and Religion Department Drury University 900 N. Benton Ave. Voice: 417-873-7230 Springfield, MO 65802 USA FAX: 417-873-7435 Home page: http://www.drury.edu/Departments/phil-relg/ess.html Co-chair, CATaC 2000: http://www.it.murdoch.edu.au/~sudweeks/catac00/ "Egos appear by setting themselves apart from other egos. Persons appear by entering into relation to other persons." -- Martin Buber, _I and Thou_


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