In the News


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In the News is a way to apply what you are learning to current events. There will be three calls for articles during the term. There will be two parts to each In the News call– one part will be individual and the other part will be done in groups of 2 to 4.

Individual Portion of In the News

The individual part requires you to submit one (or more) links to articles on current events that relate to a topic from class. Please ensure that the link(s) you post have not already been posted and are not behind a paywall that other students cannot get behind; articles on sites that allow a certain number of free reads a month are fine.

The article posted:

  • Should be current (generally 2018 or later).
  • Should not be behind a paywall or need a subscription to access. If an article is on a site that allows readers to access a certain number of free articles each month, that is fine.
  • Cannot already be posted by another student.

Along with the link(s) you post, we will ask you to submit a (max) 250 word response to the article detailing why you found the article interesting and the CT building blocks/impact/applications of the article's topic. You are also required to read articles that other students have submitted and comment on at least two other posts. Some posted articles may be discussed during lecture.

Inappropriate and/or duplicate articles will be removed.

Grading

You will be graded on three things for a total of five marks:

  • [1 mark] Having submitted a link to an article. If you submit an article that gets removed or is considered inappropriate, we will not consider that article as a submission for this portion of your grade.
  • [2 marks] Making a relevant comment on (at least) two articles that other students have submitted.
  • [2 marks] Your response will be graded on a 0, 1, or 2 scale.
    • 0 is if you did not do/minimally completed the work
    • 1 is for a response that has met most of the requirements mentioned above
    • 2 is for a response that has met and/or exceeded the requirements

Group Portion of In the News

After the individual portion of the call has been due, we will give you time in class to form groups of 2 to 3. Each group will read the articles posted by its members and decide on which article to use to form a response to. If the group wants to complete this portion of In the News on another article entirely, they are welcome to do so.

To submit this portion of In the News, you must be in a group. We will not be accepting individual submissions.

The response should be a maximum of 500 words. The response should include a brief summary of the article, a discussion about what the CT building blocks/impact/application are, what the group found interesting about the article, and how the topic relates to the world.

Grading

Your group response will be graded using the following rubric for a total of 11 marks. This rubric has been adapted from the AACU Critical Thinking Value Rubric.

Category Marking Criteria
3 2 1
Explanation of Issues Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated, described, and clarified so that understanding is not seriously impeded by omissions. Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated but description leaves some terms undefined, ambiguities unexplored, boundaries undetermined, and/or backgrounds unknown. Issue/problem to be considered critically is stated without clarification or description.
Student's position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) Specific position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) takes into account the complexities of an issue. Others' points of view are acknowledged within position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis). Specific position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) acknowledges different sides of an issue. Specific position (perspective, thesis/hypothesis) is stated, but is simplistic and obvious.
Conclusions and related outcomes (implications and consequences) Conclusion is logically tied to a range of information, including opposing viewpoints; related outcomes (consequences and implications) are identified clearly. Conclusion is logically tied to information (because information is chosen to fit the desired conclusion); some related outcomes (consequences and implications) are identified clearly. Conclusion is inconsistently tied to some of the information discussed; related outcomes (consequences and implications) are oversimplified.
Identification of CT Building Blocks Answers were completely or mostly correct Answers may not be correct and/or there were a lot of missing building blocks CT building blocks were not identified or work was done very minimally.

Submitting Your Work

We are going to use Canvas to collect all In the News deliverables.

  1. Log into Canvas using your CWL and click on CPSC 100.
  2. Find the In the News assignment by scrolling through the list of upcoming assignments on the home page or by clicking on "Assignments" in the side bar on the left.

Individual Portion of In the News

You can submit the individual portion of In the News by replying to the In the News discussion post.

Group Portion of In the News

The group portion of In the News requires your group to first register together. You will need to sign up for a group on Canvas before you can submit your assignment (Canvas will not allow you to submit the assignment without being in a group). You must be in a group that consists of 2-4 people (inclusive) who are all registered in the class.

  1. Log onto Canvas.
  2. Click on People in the sidebar.
  3. When on the People page, click on the Groups tab.
  4. You will then see a list of the groups available for you to sign up in (there will be a JOIN link on the right of each group).
  5. When you and your partner(s) are ready, you can each join the group. You can also consider using the Manage option within a group to add members; that way, only one person has to log onto Canvas to sign the group up as opposed to having each member of the group log on.

If you are looking for a group, feel free to use the "Find a Group" discussion post to advertise for group members.

Only one person per group has to submit a response. Canvas will take care of letting us know that the submission is for all members in your group.

You can submit your response by doing the following:

  1. Log into Canvas using your CWL and click on CPSC 100.
  2. Find the In the News assignment by scrolling through the list of upcoming assignments on the home page or by clicking on "Assignments" in the side bar on the left.
  3. Click on the assignment name. It should be named "In the News Call #(1 or 2 or 3)– Group Response".
  4. Click on the "Submit Assignment" button.
  5. Write/paste your response into the text box provided.
  6. Click on the "Submit Assignment" button.

Additional Notes