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EDU587: Adult Learning and Development

EDU587: Week 5 – Journal

Week 5 – Journal

Cognitive Presence

[WLOs: 2] [CLOs: 2, 3]

As you have read this week in this week’s required textbook Chapter 9 “The Brain and Cognitive Functioning,” cognitive presence is the extent to which learners are able to construct and confirm meaning through continuous reflection and discourse. Cognitive presence occurs in student-to-student and student-to-instructor interactions based on the relationship between personal understanding and shared dialogue.

For this journal assignment, reflect on the article “Cultivating Critical Thinking Through e-Learning Environment and Tools: A Review (Links to an external site.)” and your experiences with cognitive presence in online and traditional classrooms to illustrate how one of the following practices may serve to facilitate the effective construction of meaning in higher education settings:

  • Use intellectual tools to raise the quality of your thinking.
  • Distinguish your thoughts from feelings and desires, providing an objective position.
  • Take thinking apart, analyzing its content and meaning.
  • Evaluate thinking, determining strengths and weaknesses.

Your journal does not need to be formatted in the style of a formal assignment. For example, a title page, thesis statement, and references page are not needed, but you should include an in-text citation and reference entry for any information you include from a source.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.) for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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