Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

Staff Development Module:
Teaching Critical Thinking

Teaching Critical Thinking

Teaching Critical Thinking will help you increase your understanding of what critical thinking is, show ways to help your students develop it by using several techniques, and underscore why it is important to do so.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Define critical thinking;
  2. Describe two teaching techniques for critical thinking;
  3. Create new critical thinking teaching techniques;
  4. Apply those techniques to your own teaching.

Modes of Completion

  1. Individual Module Completion
    Participants take a pre-quiz, work through the video materials, and take the post-quiz for the module. If they score at least 70% on the post quiz for a given module, they get a digital badge and a Certificate of Completion for that module.

    OR

  2. Individual Module Completion with Honours
    Participants take the pre-quiz, work through the video materials, and take the post-quiz for the module. In addition, they complete a written assignment for the module. If they score at least 70% on each post-quiz for a given module and submit a satisfactory written assignment for the module, they get a digital badge and a Certificate of Completion (with Honours) for that module, as well as an In-house, HRO staff development credit.

Certificate of Completion (with Honours) will normally be issued at the beginning of Semester B and all others in July based on registrants' achievement.

Course Information

Target participants: Faculty and teaching staff
Study hours: 2-4 hours (including the written reflection)
Course date*: Offered online throughout the year. Participants can enroll through AIMS
Eligibility for In-house, HRO staff development credit Completion of all materials including module quizzes with score of 70% or more on the post-, then an assignment based on a prompt for writing a 500 word reflection, which is submitted online for feedback from the course coordinator.
Module coordinator:Dr Paul CORRIGAN

* Participants can enroll anytime during a semester or the summer term and work at their own pace but typically are expected to complete the module by the end of the semester or the summer term.