Courses Details
Course Overview
In today’s society, many people experience information overload. We are bombarded with messages to believe various ideas, purchase things, support causes, and lead our lifestyle in a particular way. How do you know what to believe? How do you separate the truth from the myths?
The answer lies in critical thinking skills. The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way has become a key skill for survival in today’s world. This two-day workshop will give you some practical tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving.
Course Schedule
Target Audience
All Staff
Course Prerequisites
Good communication skills
Expected Accomplishments
  • Define critical and non-critical thinking
  • Identify your critical thinking style(s), including areas of strength and improvement
  • Describe other thinking styles, including left/right brain thinking and whole-brain thinking
  • Work through the critical thinking process to build or analyze arguments
  • Develop and evaluate explanations
  • Improve key critical thinking skills, including active listening and questioning
  • Use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques
  • Learn problem solving techniques
  • Apply problem solving steps and tools
  • Evaluate solutions and alternatives
  • Prepare and present powerful arguments
Course Outline
  • Understanding critical thinking
  • Other types of thinking
  • Pitfalls to reasoned decision making
  • Critical thinking process
  • A critical thinker’s skill set
  • Creating explanations
  • Dealing with assumptions
  • Common sense
  • Critical and creative thought systems
  • Presenting powerful arguments
  • What is Problem Solving?
  • Defining the Problem 
  • Generating Ideas
  • Brainstorming
  • The Problem Solving Toolkit
  • Planning & Putting it into practice