Infusing Critical Thinking Into Your Courses

Infusing Critical Thinking Into Your Courses

Spring Enrichment Course

COURSE DATE: March 15 – May 2, 2020

Critical thinking: It's the whole point of a college education.

Are students missing it?

Every faculty member has had the experience of reviewing a student paper, only to have it read like a playback of the instructor’s lectures. So many students seem to think the goal is to repeat back everything a teacher has said – as faithfully as possible.

But that’s not what we want. We want them to take the information they receive and do something with it: analyze it, break it down, use it to come to their own conclusions.

Infusing Critical Thinking Into Your Courses helps faculty light the path for their students towards critical thinking. Delivered in module form, this roughly ten-hour course is led by Linda B. Nelson, PhD, founding director of Clemson University’s Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation.

Nilson provides a definition of critical thinking to use as a framework for creating learning outcomes, then guides participants step-by-step through the creation of classroom tools including:

- Assignments and activities for both beginning and advanced critical thinking
- Assessments with objective items (e.g., multiple choice, fill-in the-blank)
- Assessments with constructed responses, and rubrics to apply them

The course is self-paced and can be accessed from virtually any device. It also includes a variety of supplemental materials, including handouts, readings, links to online resources, and transcripts. Regular learning checks gauge the command of the material, and a final check leads to a certificate of completion.

We don’t want our students to be mere receptacles of information. We want them to be masters of it —using it to fuel a better understanding of the world around them. Register for Infusing Critical Thinking Into Your Courses today and discover how to empower your students to think critically!

Learning Goals

At the conclusion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Articulate a definition of critical thinking and a framework for applying it to courses
  • Develop learning outcomes aligned to critical thinking
  • Create exercises and activities that promote critical thinking at all levels
  • Design both objective-item and constructed-response assessments

Who Will Benefit From This Course:

  • Professors
  • Adjuncts
  • Instructors
  • Lecturers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Faculty developers
  • Department heads

How It Works:

  • Prior to the start of the course on March 15, participants will receive an email with information on accessing the online course
  • Participants can work through the course at their own pace. Participants can also review information in a previous unit as well as read supplemental materials and watch the accompanying videos as many times as they like within the session date of March 15 – May 2
  • Upon completion of each unit, participants will take an assessment to gauge progress
  • A discussion board brings educators together for an enriching, national conversation about higher education
  • For the duration of the course, participants can use the discussion forum to interact with other participants nationwide and discuss the course content
  • At the end of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion

What's Included:

  • Video programs
  • Assessments, including a final exam
  • Transcripts of all video programs
  • Program slides
  • Supplemental readings and activities
  • Online discussion forum
  • Certificate of Completion for the course


Reserve your seat(s) using the order box on the right. Discount pricing is for multiple seats purchased at the same time:

# of people


1 to 4

$199 per seat

5 to 19

$99 per seat

20 to 39

$79 per seat


For 40 or more seats, please contact Magna Sales at or call 800-433-0499 ext. 183.


Product Code: PO20AA

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