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Spring 2021 Online Workshops


Register for Our Spring 2021 Intensive Workshops

Entirely Online, in Real Time, Working Together in Small-Group Activities and Larger Group Discussions

 

Maximum Capacity: 40 Attendees per Workshop

 

Groups of 15 or More:
We Can Offer Any of These Workshops in Your Time Zone Upon Request

Email Ms. Lisa Sabend to Inquire: Lisa@CriticalThinking.Org


Workshop Rates

Registration Option
Price Per Attendee Per Workshop

Standard Rates

  • 1 person - $249
  • 2 - 3 people - $234
  • 4 - 6 people - $219
  • 7 or more - $204 

Register for Four or More Workshops*

  • 1 person - $199 
  • 2 - 3 people - $187 
  • 4 - 6 people - $175 
  • 7 or more - $163

 

*To receive the discount for attending four or more workshops, please email us at cct@criticalthinking.org.


How We Design Our Online Workshops

Our workshops are interactive, engaging, and enable you to immediately apply what you learn in the real world.

Rather than relying on drawn-out lectures, our Fellows and Scholars encourage consistent participation. Attendees will be reading, writing, and discussing ideas with one another as they apply critical thinking concepts to their subjects, professions, and personal lives. You will engage in whole-group discussions and breakout room activities with smaller groups, and will have ample time to ask questions and explore the critical thinking ideas, tools, and applications being discussed in every session.

It is helpful, in this online learning environment, to have two computer screens to work with during the conference; this way, you can read material on a secondary screen while seeing the presenters and your fellow participants on your main screen.

All participants will have complimentary access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online during these workshops.

Some workshops run for a full six hours, while others are split, with three hours occuring on one day and another three occuring the next. Both formats include breaks.


'Do my colleagues and I need critical thinking?'

We all do. Read why.


Schedule of Workshops

Click Workshop Titles for Descriptions . . . 


Higher Education


Workshop Descriptions

Category 1


Higher Education


Foundations of Critical Thinking: Placing Critical Thinking at the Core of Higher Education… Dr. Gerald Nosich

Saturday & Sunday       May 15-16             6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EDT


Times Include Short Breaks


Max Capacity: 40 People

A key insight into content, and into thinking, is that all content represents a distinctive mode of thinking. Math becomes more intelligible as one learns to think mathematically. Biology becomes more intelligible as one learns to think biologically. History becomes more intelligible as one learns to think historically.  This is true because all subjects are generated by thinking, organized by thinking, analyzed by thinking, synthesized by thinking, expressed by thinking, evaluated by thinking, restructured by thinking, maintained by thinking, transformed by thinking, learned by thinking, understood by thinking, and applied by thinking. If you try to take the thinking out of content, you have only empty words remaining, for it is thinking itself, on the part of the student, that gives life to content.

Learning a unique system of ideas is the key to learning any content whatsoever. In this session, we will explore the intimate relationship between content and thinking, and will argue for the importance of placing explicit critical thinking concepts and principles at the very heart of teaching and learning in higher education.

All participants will have complimentary access to the Center for Critical Thinking Community Online during this workshop.





Accelerating Change and Complexity...

The world is swiftly changing and with each day the pace quickens. The pressure to respond intensifies. New global realities are rapidly working their way into the deepest structures of our lives: economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental realities — realities with profound implications for thinking and learning, business and politics, human rights and human conflicts. These realities are becoming increasingly complex; many represent significant dangers and threats. And they all turn on the powerful dynamic of accelerating change.

 

Unfortunately, the crucial need for ever-new modes of thought to adapt to new problems and situations in novel, humane ways is ignored by most individuals, and therefore by human societies at large. Short-term thinking and quick-fix solutions still rule the day, and we are therefore unprepared to deal with the complexities of the world we now face. The question of how to survive, let alone to thrive, is a question continually transforming itself. How can we adapt to reality when reality won’t give us time to master it before it changes itself, again and again, in ways we can but partially anticipate?



Traditionally, our thinking has been designed for routine, for habit, for automation and fixed procedure. We learned how to do our job once, and then we used what we learned over and over. But the problems we now face, and will increasingly face, require a radically different form of thinking, thinking that is more complex, more adaptable, more sensitive to divergent points of view. The world in which we now live requires that we continually relearn, that we routinely rethink our decisions, that we regularly reevaluate the way we work and live. In short, there is a new world facing us, one in which the power of the mind to command itself, to regularly engage in self-analysis, will increasingly determine the quality of our work, the quality of our lives, and perhaps even our very survival.