Congratulations Drs. Curtis L. Todd, Kokila Ravi, and Kenja McCray
AMSC Faculty Team Examination of
Critical Thinking Skills and Online Course Environments
Selected for New Research Anthology
The manuscript, "Cultivating Critical Thinking Skills in Online Course
Environments: Instructional Techniques and Strategies" penned by Drs.
Curtis L. Todd, Kokila Ravi, and Kenja McCray, has been selected for the
2021 IGI Global Research Anthology titled Research Anthology on
Developing Critical Thinking Skills in Students. The book chapter is the result
of the authors' shared interest in best practice standards for online course
design and delivery methods to improve both teaching and learning.
Their research transitions beyond theoretical constructs regarding best
practices and standards for distance education. In doing so, the authors provide
practical applications through the use of case studies in demonstrating a "how
to" student engagement framework and online instructional model. This
model fosters a practical online course environment and useful strategies for
developing critical thinking skills.
Further, as noted by the publisher, "Learning strategies for critical thinking are a vital part of today's curriculum as
students have few additional opportunities to learn these skills outside of school environments. Therefore, it is
essential that educators be given practical strategies for improving their critical thinking skills as well as methods to
effectively provide critical thinking skills to their students."
Dr. Todd is Professor of Social Work and provides instruction in criminal justice. He also leads student retention,
progression and graduation special initiatives. Dr. Ravi is Director of Distance Education and Specialized Programs.
She also serves as the Prior Learning Assessment Director and Institutional Representative for Quality Matters. Dr.
McCray is an Associate Professor of History and Program Coordinator of the College's environmental justice
initiatives. The original manuscript was published in the International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course
Design (2019, volume 9, issue 1). Chapter 43
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