Module 1: The Mistrust of Science Group Discussion : Initial Post by Weds & Final Post by Friday (15 points)

It is best for you to post your initial post by Wednesday and your final responses no later than the deadline. This is optional, but it helps the entire class if you are proactive on submitting your posts so that others can have time to respond.



Part 1: Critical thinking is essential for scientists and non-scientists alike. Start to think about what critical thinking means to you. How do you define critical thinking? How often do you do it? Do you think it is important?

With your ideas to these questions in mind, go on to read the article Gawande, A. 2016. The Mistrust of Science. The New Yorker. [online]


Need a PDF of this article? Download HERE

Part 2: Then post your opinion/view point about the role/importance of critical thinking and the current mistrust of science as a short video on FlipGrid where we can see and hear you (5 points)

Part 3: Then respond to two other students in video format where we can see and hear you (10 points)

Your original/first post must be a minimum of a minimum of 45 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes. Your response videos must be at least 30 seconds each per student for credit and should be a meaningful response that demonstrates that you watched their video and have thought about how you will articulate a response. It goes above and beyond, “Good job” and “I agree”. .

Videos must show your face and be in your own voice – just as you would if you were in a physical class chatting with other students. The videos on FlipGrid can’t be shared and stay only in our private group – so don’t worry about the videos you post and share in FlipGrid leaving our classroom.

All should be well thought out, and always use professional, kind language. This is an opportunity to converse academically on some of the topics brought about in the article. It is not an opportunity to use abusive language or personal attacks of any kind. No exceptions.

You must do one view point post and at least 2 response posts in order to receive full credit.

Success Criteria (Grading Rubric):

A successful submission of your videos where we can see and hear you looks like this:

1. You have recorded and uploaded a short video (a minimum of 45 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes please) responding to the prompt above. This video doesn’t need to be fancy, we just need to see and hear you. If you have any questions or concerns about creating or sharing a video on the internet, please reach out to me and let’s work together towards success. (5 points)

2. You have logged back in and replied in video form to two additional students in a substantive way after watching their videos. We must be able to see and hear you in each of these response posts. (5 points each, for a total of 10 points).