Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Courses

Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Courses

Critical thinking is teachable. Get the how-tos.


As educators, we are not satisfied with simply teaching students to repeat facts back to us (parrots can do that).

We want much more. We want our students to look at the world, weigh what they see, and arrive at the truth—rather than simply having it presented to them. In other words, we want them to think critically.

But teaching critical thinking is not easy. For starters, there is not even strong consensus on what critical thinking is. Beyond that, there are questions about where it is appropriate, how to integrate it, how to advance it, and how to measure it.

Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Courses is a new Magna Online Course that surveys the scholarship on critical thinking and provides a clear path to integrate it into your teaching.


This Magna Online Course surveys the scholarship on critical thinking and provides a clear path to integrate it into your learning.

Led by Linda B. Nilson, Ph.D., founding director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, this program tackles critical thinking in four stages:

  • Building critical thinking into course design
  • Teaching students to think critically
  • Assessing student learning with objective measures
  • Assessing learning through constructed responses

Learning Goals

Thoughtfully chosen readings and exercises will further help you understand critical thinking and hone your approach to teaching it. By the conclusion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Articulate a definition of critical thinking you can apply to your courses
  • Establish learning outcomes that incorporate critical thinking
  • Develop classroom activities that teach and advance critical-thinking skills
  • Create and apply meaningful assessment tools for critical-thinking outcomes

Topics Covered

Delivered in convenient self-paced modules on a responsive online course platform, this course guides you through the steps of instilling critical thinking into your courses.

Unit 1: Building Critical Thinking into Your Course Design

  • What is Critical Thinking Anyway?
  • How to Write Critical Thinking Outcomes

Unit 2: Teaching Critical Thinking

  • Getting Your Students Started
  • Advancing Your Student Critical Thinking Skills

Unit 3: Assessing Critical Thinking with Objective Items

  • Fill-in-the-Blanks, True/False, and Matching Items
  • Multiple Choice and Multiple True-False Items

Unit 4: Assessing Critical Thinking with Constructed Responses

  • Developing Good Constructed Response Questions and Tasks
  • Assessing Constructed Responses with a Rubric


In particular, participation will benefit these members of the academic community:

  • Instructors
  • Lecturers
  • Adjunct professors
  • Teaching assistants
  • Assistant professors
  • Associate professors
  • Professors
  • Faculty developers
  • Department heads
  • Educators at both 2- and 4-year schools
  • Educators at both public and private institutions

Course Materials

Each unit includes supplemental course materials and information on further resources that will continue to enhance faculty understanding of adding critical-thinking skills to courses.

This course contains:

  • Video tutorials
  • Interactive content
  • Checks on learning
  • Final check on learning and certificate of completion
  • Links to online resources
  • Complete handouts, supplemental materials, and transcripts

Time Requirement
This self-paced course may take anywhere from 6-14 hours to complete, depending on how comfortable you are with online tools and how much time you intend to spend on each course unit.

This course may be taken on any desktop computer system as well as mobile devices with the latest internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc). The course features easy to use navigation on desktop and mobile devices.


# of people Cost per person
1 $299
2-4 $269
5-9 $189
10-19 $149
20-39 $129
40-59 $109
60-79 $89
80-99 $79
100-149 $69
150-199 $59
200 $49

The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.


Bring a complicated subject into clear focus. Order Infusing Critical Thinking into Your Courses today!

Product Code: TO16DA

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