This short course is about how to organise, strengthen and display your reasoning so you can present a clear and compelling case for some position - whether it be in a business proposal, a risk assessment, an intelligence product, a progress report, a speech, or any other serious task.
The course is based on a technique called argument mapping. The basic idea is that we create diagrams showing the parts of our reasoning, and how they are logically related. These diagrams make it easier for our brains to see what is going on. They also allow us to apply some powerful principles, including one which might well be the single most useful technique in the whole field of logic.
The course is a highly condensed version of advanced material covered in multi-day workshops and semester-long university subjects. It presents the most essential ideas in an rapidly digestible format.
The instructor is a worldwide leader in the development of argument mapping methods and software tools. He develop and taught these methods at the University of Melbourne, and used them to train staff of many large organisations.
The core content consists of six short lessons, provided in both video and text format. There are also quizzes, and you can download a PowerPoint add-in for argument mapping (requires PowerPoint 2007 or later, Windows only).
Tim van Gelder is one of the pioneers of argument mapping, the use of diagrams to improve reasoning and critical thinking. He has been responsible for developing the methodology and leading software tools, and has introduced the approach to intelligence and security agencies in the United States and Australia, as well as law firms, multinational corporations, and universities. He has numerous publications and awards in this area.
He is a Principal in his Melbourne-based consultancy van Gelder & Monk, and (from 2017) an Enterprise Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.