Imagine being able to learn – in just one hour a week – dynamic problem-solving skills that can be applied directly to actual workplace situations. It’s now possible, through Critical Thinking University™. This powerful online portal gives everyone from individual contributors to mid-career managers the ability to solve difficult on-the-job problems. That benefits the organization – and the bottom line.
Critical Thinking University is far from a passive experience – participants advance through 18 interactive courses with real-world business scenarios that require them to:
As learners advance, their real-world skills are tested in 6 serious games and a final ultimate gaming challenge where participants must use their critical thinking skills to solve the “Robbery on the R.E.D. Royale!” As participants track their progress through each level, they gain an increasing ability to think critically – and to use that skill in their day-to-day jobs. They become better thinkers in any situation that requires analysis and sound conclusions.
Critical Thinking University has the feel of a personalized classroom experience. Participants follow a self-paced lesson path with each critical thinking course building on the other. Participants also receive a free online download of the book Now You’re Thinking! and access to an online book club to discuss their thoughts as they read the story of heroism and effective thinking. And they receive coaching—and engage with other participants—through unique social learning opportunities, including online forums, webinars, wikis, and other informal learning.
Critical Thinking University can be accessed anywhere, anytime. And it can be incorporated into your existing training programs for a blended learning option. Each course takes approximately 1 hour to complete. However, actual time spent will vary based on the learner’s participation in social learning activities.
Pearson’s RED critical thinking model – Recognize Assumptions, Evaluate Arguments, Draw Conclusions – is a breakthrough in approaching what until now has been a mostly abstract and elusive concept: Improving your thinking.
The RED model lays out a path for understanding how critical thinking works and for developing each of the essential skills. Let’s take a look at each critical thinking skill.