“Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group Corporate Summary”
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Informed opinions are based on factual information and are objective. A Professional is employed for an informed opinion. Information that is not evidenced can lead to inaccurate information being used; a professional's role is to ensure that information used is factual and appropriate. Use of inaccuracies lead to personal opinions which can appear misleadingly as informed opinions. It is important that people who deal with other people's data are vigilant in detecting such errors and ensure all opinions used are informed opinions made objectively and based on evidenced facts.
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Increasingly, it seems that students do not pursue higher education to learn and expand their understanding of issues, but to reinforce their preconceived world views, or with none of this even in mind, as they seek out a professional degree. They do not have a solid understanding of rhetoric, and don't necessarily understand the difference between an argument based on facts and an argument based on opinions. Some students, instructors, and administrators worry less about this, and more about making sure appropriate "trigger warnings" are in place as well as various "safe" places for students. While I understand the value of these for some situations, my fear is that sometimes this caters to the reinforcement of opinions over facts, and silence over debates and discussion that could help people achieve a better understanding and compassion for the issues that create triggers and create the need for safe spaces.
An informed opinion is based on knowledge of the facts and carefully considered principles. It relies on evidence instead of limited personal experience. 2. Distribute the Gathering Facts to Develop an Informed Opinion activity and review the steps for completion. NOTE: Depending on your students’ research skills, you may want to demonstrate how to complete Step 2 on the activity sheet to ensure that source information is noted correctly. 4. On the board or overhead, briefly outline these simple steps students can use to help them develop informed opinions on a pre-selected topic. Performance Task“Informed Opinions: How to Write and Place Commentary to Raise Profile and Attract Attention” is a day-long interactive “live” workshop designed to help you and your organization raise your profile and draw public attention to issues you care about. It provides participants with the confidence and tools they need to contribute their expertise to public discourse through written commentary. Informed Opinions covers establishing authority as an expert; the essential elements and format of newspaper and online commentaries; and how to pitch an editor.