Critical Literacies Online Course

Stephen Downes, Rita Kop, Critical Literacies, Apr 26, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Announcing "Critical Literacies", an open online course starting June 1.

About 15 years ago I realized two things. First, I realized I needed to prove that it was possible to offer a worthwhile course online. My colleagues at Assiniboine weren't convinced. Second, I realized that people learning online would need a good foundational knowledge of critical thinking.

So what I did was to post something called Stephen's Guide to the Logical Fallacies. Over the years, it has been my most popular work – much more popular than anything I've done in online learning. You can find it here, in its relatively new home. I keep meaning to update it (and, in fact, I've just assembled the whole thing into a document).

This course in critical literacies builds on and expands that idea. It is at once a demonstration of a possibility of online learning, this time a connectivism course. And it is an attempt to articulate and demonstrate those critical thinking capacities that are needed in a new electronic multimedia world.

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There's a lot more to come...
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