This working group has been formed in July 2015 during the 15th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2015) under IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technologies. It involves researchers, teachers, developers and thinkers worldwide in order to build a community of people working in Technology Enhanced Learning of Thinking Skills.
What are thinking skills?
Thinking skills are widely regarded as abilities and processes that human beings apply for sense-making, reasoning and problem-solving (Lipman, 2003). Thinking skills in engineering and science include system thinking, computational thinking, design thinking, estimation, problem-posing and so on. These thinking skills are pan-domain in nature, that is, they share common characteristics that have applicability across domains. Researchers have identified and characterized pan-domain thinking skills in a variety of ways, such as, trans-disciplinary habits of mind (Mishra, Koehler & Henrikson, 2011), 21st Century skills (Pellegrino & Hilton, 2012), science process skills (Padilla, 1990), computational thinking skills (ISTE, 2014), Practices (NGSS) and so on.
Why are thinking skills important?
An important goal of education is that students need to develop thinking skills, or cognitive process skills, in addition to content knowledge. Professional bodies such as ABET, accreditation organization for engineering and applied sciences, have listed student outcomes (ABET, 2014) which include a number of pan-domain thinking skills. Regardless of the education discipline, development of thinking skills has been shown to be crucial for the success of students in the 21st century workplace (NAS, 2014).
What is TELoTS?
Thinking skills have been identified and characterized in a variety of ways by academics as well as by professional bodies. While the importance of thinking skills has been well-established, its teaching and learning is complex. Learners do not automatically develop thinking skills while learning content. Hence it is important to address the teaching and learning of thinking skills explicitly, in addition to content. There exist teaching-learning strategies for various thinking skills as well as technology-enhanced learning environments that promote the learning of thinking skills.
Researchers have explored various approaches for developing such thinking skills in learners by utilizing TEL environments such as automated formative assessment, inquiry via interactive simulations, and opportunities for collaboration and reflection. TELoTS includes Learning Environments for development of thinking skills such as systems, tools, pedagogical approaches, techniques, models etc.
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