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HUM-2020 v1

Computational and Critical Thinking

Week 1 Resources

Review the resources listed below to prepare for this week’s assignments. The resources may include textbook reading assignments, journal articles, websites, links to tools or software, videos, handouts, rubrics, etc.

5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking

Computational thinking is critical thinking. View this video for an introduction to critical thinking. Questions for reflection...

1. What are five tips to improve your critical thinking?

2. Do you already use any of these tips and if so which ones?

3. What is one thing you learned from the first video that you didn’t know.

Agoos. S. (2016, Marc 15). 5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking.[Video].

Computational Thinking

Listen to this researcher as she delves deeply into computational thinking and how it is used in the workplace and in life. Questions for reflection…

1. What are the four parts of computational thinking?

2. What are the examples the researcher gave for how computational thinking is used in the workplace and in life?

Wing, J. (2016). Computational thinking. [Video]. Microsoft Research.

Thinking Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem-Solving and Decision-Making Skills

For the textbook readings this week, read:


Section 1: Introduction and the Framework for Critical Thinking,


  • chapters 1-3, pages 1-16. 


For reading reflection, what are the takeaways regarding critical thinking from each chapter in Section 1?


Kallet M. ( 2014). Thinking smarter: Critical thinking to improve problem-solving and decision-making skills. John Wiley & Son

Critical Thinking is a Noble Endeavor—a Response to Paul’s Question; An Invited Essay.

This article addresses what is critical thinking, the types of critical thinking, teaching and evaluating critical thinking and empathy’s role in critical thinking. After reading this information and applying the knowledge, you will have a better understanding of what critical thinking is and how it works.

Finn P. (2019). Critical thinking is a noble endeavor—a response to Paul’s question; An invited essay. American Annals of the Deaf, 164(4):355-362.