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Eugene H. Fram Chair in Applied Critical Thinking
News on Critical Thinking
February 23, 2023
News10NBC Investigates: Train trouble. What happens if a train derails locally?
WHEC-TV talks to Jennifer Schneider, professor in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety, about how a hazmat team responds to a train derailment.
September 13, 2022
Speaker focuses on critical thinking to combat misinformation
Conflicting information about the safety of vaccines and how viruses spread in the community has created doubt, confusion, and debate during the global COVID-19 pandemic. But scholars are looking at how critical thinking techniques can help manage misinformation.
February 2, 2021
COVID-19 and winter
It’s been found that COVID-19 flourishes under cold and dry places without much sunlight as noted by Nature. With the cold, Rochester winter right around the corner, we will discuss why people get sick during these conditions, and how COVID-19 will interact with the winter conditions.
December 10, 2020
RIT’s Fram Chair delivers presentation about COVID-19 to medical professionals
Dr. Jennifer Schneider, CIH, at Rochester Institute of Technology, presented to Occupational and Environmental Medicine medical professionals during a virtual URMC Grand Rounds session called “Riding the Perfect Storm: COVID-19 at the Confluence of Community & Occupational Health.”
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By probing how we think about thinking, we become better at making good decisions rapidly.
Ideally students begin to see that their ideas only get better and more viable as they adapt them to critique and concerns from different points of view.
The concept of critical making is oftentimes limited to the creation of physical components but in reality, it covers any way of turning abstract thoughts into organized elements that can be experienced by oneself and shared with others.
Organizations are complex things involving complex relationships among people. If you’re not constantly applying critical thinking as you manage them, you’ll make mistakes.
Critical thinking for an organization needs structure and facilitation, opportunity for dialogue, occasional conflict and lots of communication.
In computer science we deal with many different algorithms to solve different problems, but it is very important to understand which algorithm is appropriate for a given problem.
Taking the time to learn from each other and recognize what types of problems are being solved and in what ways can make you a better thinker and solver within your discipline.
Critical thinking and data provide a way to distance yourself form your biases and examine problems more rationally.
Education should and can be a stimulating collaboration between knowledge seekers. The outcome can be a brilliant success or a dismal failure, but the learning and thinking process is always instructive for the participants.
Introducing students to the concepts and practices of applied critical thinking in their first semester at RIT is important for creating an early understanding that ACT is an expectation RIT community members have of one another.
People with critical thinking abilities are readily adaptable when they face situations in which there are no clear-cut answers.
Critical thinking provides a set of tools that can help us to understand the sources of our beliefs and, when appropriate, the ability to examine their validity.
We use a wide variety of activities to encourage students to draw connections among topics and to examine how they learn.
Critical engagement with a given topic is the first step in any creative process, from the design of a research project to a video game.
Through students’ educational journey, they will encounter a rich diversity of knowledge, beliefs, and opinions that may be congruous or incongruous with theirs.
I would argue that the times during the day when you are thinking critical outweigh the times you are not – especially in academia – and especially in science.
To me one of the greatest benefits of a college education is the accumulated experience one gets in critical thinking across all the courses they take regardless of the specific curriculum.
The ability to self-critique and self-correct one’s own solutions before acting on them is important in any field.
Students spend a majority of their life outside the classroom, surrounded by opportunities to hold what they’re learning academically up to the complexities of their lives.
Students learn it’s not about the end result, but the process they took to get there.
Applied critical thinking is a necessity for those to consider and offer honest perspectives on controversial topics that matter to them in today’s world
The best part of my job is to encourage overwhelmed students to think first and click second.
The key to success is to realize that every solution and development impacts people in expected and unexpected ways. Questioning various perspectives and assumptions, hopefully, leads to better solutions.
Learning never ends—it is a life-long process.
At every opportunity, I try to put students in the role of an industry professional approaching the problem.
Teaching the skills and knowledge to operate in a highly competitive environment allows for the opportunity to challenge thought and decision making.
A critical thinker benefits from a clarity and an objectivity that helps strike the right emotional tone and lead an individual toward a positive outcome.
I love the diversity and variability that goes with tackling large scientific problems.
This ability to create the failure of the design is more important than having it succeed.
An important bridge between the humanities and science is critical thinking.
Critical thinking involves patiently sifting through permutations of possibilities to discover a best course—not just best in a mean/average sense, but taking into account how robust a choice might be to unexpected developments.
Critical thinking is the stepping back and seeing the big picture that enables the generation of new knowledge, making scientific progress without a roadmap.
By developing students’ critical thinking skills and creating opportunities for them to practice critical thinking while at RIT, they can be in a better position to consider the long-term impact of their design decisions.
If you can’t define, analyze and critique games you can’t learn to make good ones, you can just hope you hit it lucky by accident.
When they are faced with a system design, students must think critically to first decompose the system into functional units and then draw from their toolbox to identify the correct components to meet the function of that unit.