From:                              Alan Shapiro

Sent:                               Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:48 AM

To:                                   Janice Thiel

Subject:                          Form Submission (Critical Thinking Activities & Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs))


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Critical Thinking Activities & Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs)

Thank you for submitting your Critical Thinking Activity/RLO idea. Please forward this message and attach any supplemental files (e.g., Handouts, PowerPoints, etc.) to


Title of Critical Thinking Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:When did Social Media website really start on the Internet?


Briefly describe or summarize the Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:The RLO is a week long lesson that includes watching a video from Internet Archive. The videos on this site are mostly historical in nature and completely copyright free.

This week you will be required to watch a video from the 1993 about how the internet. Specifically the video segment is about a site called The WELL. You be asked a number of questions about the video. The idea is for you to formulate your own opinions. However, these opinions need to be backed up with valid facts. This means you will most likely have to do some research on your thinking.


Subject Area(s) - Select all that apply:

Your Answer:

  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Ethics


What is(are) the Major Learning Outcome(s) addressed by this Activity/RLO (from course outline)?

Your Answer:The student will demonstrate the ability to interact using social media sites. (From CGS2651)


What is(are) the Course Objective(s) addressed by this Activity/RLO (stated in performance terms)?

Your Answer:The student will demonstrate the ability to interact using social media sites in business and for personal use by:

a. defining social media applications


Type of Activity/RLO - Select all that apply:

Your Answer:

  • Individual
  • Large Group


Time - How much time does it take to conduct this Activity/RLO?

Your Answer:Multiple Classes


List the materials that are necessary to conduct this Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:Access to Internet Archive Web Site
Access to ANGEL Course Shell that has a Discussion Forum Set Up.


Instructions - Give detailed step-by-step instructions on how to conduct this Activity/RLO:

Your Answer:You all know Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. These sites and many more are called Social Media. I know think it is something new but it really is not. This assignment will a number of parts to it:

Click on the link below and watch a segment from a show called Computer Chronicles that was aired in 1993:
Answer the questions below in an original post. Make sure to back up your post with a valid arguments based on what you see from the video. You may need to do some Google searching to get information. NOTE - You will have 3 days to post. You will not be able to reply to any posts during the first three days.
Is this WELL site back from 1993 social media? Why or Why not?
How has the communication on Internet changed from 1993 to today?
Explain how the WELL community back in 1993 is similar to Facebook today? Make sure to include concrete examples from each.
On Day 4-7 for this assignment, you will need to do the following: (NOTE - You will not be able to create a top level post for these 4 days. You will be only able to reply to your classmates)
You will now need to respond to at least two of your classmates. However, you response needs to be in the form of a question. The question should formulated from the classmate's original post. Your question should be thought provoking and should require a lengthy response.
You as the original poster must respond to your classmates question by answering it. The answer should have some detail to it and should be backed up by factual information.


List Additional Resources, for example: Web address/URL, Handouts, PowerPoint, etc. Copy/Paste URLs here. Later, when you receive your confirmation message, forward any supplemental files to the QEP Director.

Your Answer:


SPC established as its definition of critical thinking: The active and systemic process of communication, problem solving, evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and reflection, both individually and in community, to foster understanding, support sound decision-making, and guide action.


Which aspect(s) of critical thinking does this Activity/RLO address? - Select all that apply:

Your Answer:

  • Communication
  • Evaluation
  • Analysis
  • Reflection


How will this improve our students’ ability to think critically?

Your Answer:Understanding the historic aspects of social media will allow the students to realize that Facebook, Twitter, etc. started many years ago with text based discussion broads back in the early '90s.


Have you consulted the Activity/RLO Guidelines?

Your Answer:Yes




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