Welcome to Critical Thinking and the News

Please start by reviewing the information on this page to learn about the class.  This course is delivered 100% online.  All interactions will be asynchronous communications methods, including discussion forums and emails.

About the Instructor

My name is Rochelle Brooks and I will be your instructor.  I am a full-time graduate student in Educational Technology at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley.  I will receive my Master’s degree in December 2021. I’m excited that you decided to take this course and I hope this course inspires you to look at all news with a healthy amount of skepticism.

(972) 704-4914
rochelle@5starsgroupllc.com

Instructor Rochelle Brooks Headshot

Course Description

This course will teach basic critical thinking skills by focusing on content from a variety of types of news media.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply the Scientific Method and demonstrate mastery with a minimum quiz score of 70%.
  • Identify logic fallacies and demonstrate mastery with a minimum quiz score of 70%.
  • Identify your own metacognition and demonstrate mastery with a minimum quiz score of 70% and demonstrate the ability to apply that knowledge by participating in the Discussion Forum.
  • Recognize bias in a news story and demonstrate mastery with a minimum quiz score of 70% and demonstrate the ability to apply that knowledge by participating in the Discussion Forum.
  • Identify fake news and demonstrate mastery with a minimum quiz score of 70% and demonstrate the ability to apply that knowledge by participating in the Discussion Forum.

Course Organization

This course is organized into 5 lessons. Each lesson has assignments with due dates that are listed on the schedule.   Click on the Syllabus link in the course menu for a full description of the course objectives, major requirements, demonstration of mastery, and evaluation.  Carefully review the Schedule and Assignments page for detailed course information.

Communicating with me

I am accessible via email and phone.  You can reach me via email at rochelle@5starsgroupllc.com, which I check throughout the day.  I will respond to your email questions within 24 hours on weekdays.  Questions that are emailed on the weekends or holidays will typically be responded to within 48 hours.  I am available by telephone Monday through Friday between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm CST.  Call or text me on my cell phone at (972) 704-4914.

During this course, I prefer to be referred to as Rochelle.  If you have a preference for how I address you, please let me know.

What’s Next?

Please read through the course Syllabus, Schedule, and Module pages carefully. In particular pay close attention to how you will be evaluated and assignment due dates for this course. Become familiar with the course objectives, layout, and expectations.

If you have any questions or run into technical problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me at rochelle@5starsgroupllc.com or by calling (972) 704-4914. Your success in this course will be dependent upon open and constant communication between you and your instructor.

Please click on the Syllabus to get started. Let’s Begin!