Data Science” initiated by the U Bremen Research Alliance, is a good example of how critical thinking can be included in teaching. Composed of participants from different academic fields, this class will tackle the history and the different concepts involved in research data from a multidisciplinary perspective.
During the second part of the lecture, the participants were able to ask questions and engage with Prof. Sieroka’s ideas. The large number of participants coming from both universities and various academic disciplines made the discussion lively and interdisciplinary. Professors, students and as well as researchers raised a wide range of questions, such as the role that critical thinking plays in questioning the structure of science and research itself, the still unanswered questions of whether or not machine can have the ability to think critically, or if it is possible to teach critical thinking to politicians, especially in the face of climate change.
Overall, the lecture was a great success and was highly appreciated by the many participants. Although the lecture had to be given online, the online format made the lecture more accessible as more participants from all over the world could attend the lecture, in comparison to the previous ones. The next Bremen-Guelph lecture should be given by a professor or lecturer from the University of Guelph in the next semester.
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