Critical Thinking In Action
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Critical Thinking In Action

Learn practical critical thinking skills to build self-confidence and excel in life.
4.2 (10 ratings)
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Created by Chuck Clayton
Last updated 5/2016
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Includes:
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • If you want to be more resourceful and confident
  • If you want to be a thought leader, not a follower.
  • If you want to make great decisions personally and professionally.
  • If you want to be proactive instead of reactive.
  • If you enjoy asking thought provoking questions to get to the heart of almost any problem.
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Requirements
  • Have a burning desire to transform your thinking.
  • Have a strong craving to learn critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills.
  • Have an open and curious mind on how to take control of your future.
Description

This is a complete  course on the basics of critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

Critical Thinking helps you  to organize your thinking so you can make confident decisions, set and achieve goals and lead a purpose driven life.

This is a practical course not an academic one!  

It provides the skills you need to be more resourceful, access situations, do projects logically and systematically and weaves in emotions and feelings to ensure you use both sides of your brain efficiently!

The concepts are straight forward, however they take time, concentration and diligence to master, just like anything worthwhile.

The basics includes:

  • High impact videos to explain the subject matter. Concepts are explained, an example of people history who mastered these skills are studied; and tools, techniques and methodologies are explored.
  • Detailed Documents cover the subject matter in depth and help you internalize it further.
  • Intermittent Quizzes are provided to help strengthen your knowledge further.
  • BONUS Exercises are provided to build your practical critical thinking , decision making, and problem solving skills further.

This course isn't for everyone.  It is a practical, not academic course.  It is a course for those who hunger to develop powerful critical thinking, decision making and problem solving skills to address tough problems and decisions that life is constantly throwing at us. 

If you resonate with these statements then sign up today!

You have nothing to lose.   There is a 30 day money back guarantee! 



Who is the target audience?
  • Make great decisions confidently and quickly.
  • Accomplish more in your life.
  • Use practical critical thinking, decsion making and problem solving skills.
  • Take control of your future.
  • Free up your time to do other things.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 53 Lectures Collapse All 53 Lectures 04:28:43
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Course Overview, Introduction and Instructor Background
4 Lectures 11:28

Section 1: Course Overview, Introduction and Background

Preview 04:26

These are the Critical Thinking, Decision Making and Problem Solving Skills that this course covers. If you do not know what some of these skills are, need a refresher, or want different perspectives on how to think this course may be for you.

If you have a strong grasp of these skills, then you may want a course that is more advanced.

Preview 1 page

This explains the instructor's (Chuck Clayton) background, experience and why he is so passionate about critical thinking.

Preview 02:24

This video explains how critical thinking can be a key element in creating a purpose driven life. It also explores John Goddard who created the ultimate bucket list at the tender age of 15 and how he accomplished most of his life goals. A story about a dinner meeting I had with John Goddard is also provided.

Preview 04:38
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Foundational Skills
11 Lectures 33:07

There are several elements to becoming an exceptional critical thinker. The key ones are provided in these sections.

Universal Elements of Critical Thinking Part 1
07:10

There are several elements to becoming an exceptional critical thinker. The key ones are provided in these sections.

Universal Elements of Critical Thinking Part 2
06:53

There are several elements to becoming an exceptional critical thinker. The key ones are provided

here.

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Detailed Universal Elements of Critical Thinking
9 pages

Universal Elements of Critical Thinking
4 questions

Much thinking of the untrained mind is distorted, incomplete, biased, uninformed and prejudiced. This kind of thinking creates a potential mine field that can hold you back from using your knowledge, schooling, experience, reasoning, intuition, common sense and confidence to make informed decisions.

The purpose of these sections is to raise your awareness of the critical thinking mine field and ways of avoiding the mines. Then, you can focus your efforts on thinking more critically.

Preview 05:41

Much thinking of the untrained mind is distorted, incomplete, biased, uninformed and prejudiced. This kind of thinking creates a potential mine field that can hold you back from using your knowledge, schooling, experience, reasoning, intuition, common sense and confidence to make informed decisions.

The purpose of these sections is to raise your awareness of the critical thinking mine field and ways of avoiding the mines. Then, you can focus your efforts on thinking more critically.

Critical Thinking Landmines Part 2
05:25

Much thinking of the untrained mind is distorted, incomplete, biased, uninformed and prejudiced. This kind of thinking creates a potential mine field that can hold you back from using your knowledge, schooling, experience, reasoning, intuition, common sense and confidence to make informed decisions.

The purpose of these sections is to raise your awareness of the critical thinking mine field and ways of avoiding the mines. Then, you can focus your efforts on thinking more critically.

Detailed Critical Thinking Landmines
5 pages

Critical Thinking Landmines
2 questions

The critical thinker has an insatiable curiosity and doesn’t take things at face value. Asking questions about information and information sources is fundamental to the critical thinking process. These sections covers these questions.

Simple Questions to Help Solve Difficult Problems Part 1
02:04

The critical thinker has an insatiable curiosity and doesn’t take things at face value. Asking questions about information and information sources is fundamental to the critical thinking process. These sections covers these questions.
Simple Questions to Help Solve Difficult Problems Part 2
02:39

The critical thinker has an insatiable curiosity and doesn’t take things at face value. Asking questions about information and information sources is fundamental to the critical thinking process.

These sections covers these questions.

Simple Questions to Help Solve Difficult Problems Part 3
01:44

The Socratic Method has been used for centuries by teachers to help self-teach students. It is a powerful teaching method that helps students learn thru self-discovery. It can also be used to improve your own critical thinking skills.

Simple Questions Part 4 - The Socratic Method
01:31

The critical thinker has an insatiable curiosity and doesn’t take things at face value. Asking questions about information and information sources is fundamental to the critical thinking process.

These sections covers these questions.

Detailed Simple Questions to Help Solve Difficult Problems
4 pages


Simple Questions to Help Solve Difficult Problems
2 questions
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Critical Thinking Methods and Resources
17 Lectures 53:38

Solving a mystery using critical thinking skills has two meanings. First, it can mean using your critical thinking skills to become an expert in a field. Second, it can mean using a critical thinking method to solve a problem or discover how something works. Let’s learn about each of these.

Part 1: Powerful Tools to Solve Mysteries
09:28

Solving a mystery using critical thinking skills has two meanings. First, it can mean using your critical thinking skills to become an expert in a field. Second, it can mean using a critical thinking method to solve a problem or discover how something works. Let’s learn about each of these.
Part 2: Powerful Tools to Solve Mysteries
07:59

Solving a mystery using critical thinking skills has two meanings. First, it can mean using your critical thinking skills to become an expert in a field. Second, it can mean using a critical thinking method to solve a problem or discover how something works. Let’s learn about each of these.
Detailed Powerful Tools to Solve Mysteries
11 pages

A rough order of magnitude on how the world operates.It governs many scenarios in life in which 80 percent of the results come from 20 percent of the inputs.

Powerful Tools to Solve Mysteries
4 questions

The focus of this module is how to investigate any subject quickly and easily. Learning how to do good investigations can be enjoyable and rewarding for the following reasons.

  • Performing good investigation leads to better decisions: Better decisions lead to better results in life. Better results in life lead to a happier life. It’s that simple!
  • Investigation leads to learning new things: Learning some­thing new is exciting and fun because it is a discovery process.
How to Become an Expert Investigator
07:09

The focus of this module is how to investigate any subject quickly and easily. Learning how to do good investigations can be enjoyable and rewarding for the following reasons.

  • Performing good investigation leads to better decisions: Better decisions lead to better results in life. Better results in life lead to a happier life. It’s that simple!
  • Investigation leads to learning new things: Learning some­thing new is exciting and fun because it is a discovery process.
Detailed How to Become an Expert Investigator
5 pages

How to Become an Expert Investigator
2 questions

This section presents a straight forward process to do simple and complex projects and objectives quickly and effectively.

Critical thinking helps you address tasks of any type and size. By think­ing through a project or objective, logical and rational alternatives are determined based on facts, data, experience, and common sense. Then, you will make informed decisions based on confidence.

The process for doing tasks has two parts.

Part I: Define your project or objective.

Part II: Structure your project or objective and complete it.
Simple Steps for Doing Projects and Objectives
04:25

This section presents a straight forward process to do simple and complex projects and objectives quickly and effectively.

Critical thinking helps you address tasks of any type and size. By think­ing through a project or objective, logical and rational alternatives are determined based on facts, data, experience, and common sense. Then, you will make informed decisions based on confidence.

The process for doing tasks has two parts.

Part I: Define your project or objective.

Part II: Structure your project or objective and complete it.
Detailed Simple Steps for Doing Projects and Objectives
6 pages

This section provides a practical example of taking a vacation using the steps you just learned for doing projects. You will learn how to get the best deals, save time, money and have a great vacation.

Example 1 - The Needed Vacation
07:26

This section provides a practical example of taking a vacation using the steps you just learned for doing projects. You will learn how to get the best deals, save time, money and have a great vacation.

Detailed Example 1- The Needed Vacation
8 pages

This example shows how to produce a charity event: Many people are generous with their time, and producing a charity event can be a learning experience and raise money for a worthy cause simultaneously.It can be a win-win scenario. This examples also uses the steps you just learned for doing projects.

Example 2 - Creating a Charity Event
05:57

Simple Steps for Doing Projects and Achieve Objectives
1 question

You will learn how to plan a great vacation for yourself using the process for doing projects. You will learn to save time, money and create an awesome vacation for yourself!

Bonus #1: Real Life Exercise - Planning a Vacation
8 pages

A decision method that compares different products and services to determine the highest quality, best value product is known as a com­parison study. Another phrase for comparison studies commonly used is comparison shopping.

Comparison studies can be used to decide on a wide array of choices. They can be used to decide on: what car to buy, where to live, what credit card to select and more.

This section teaches how to set up and do your own comparison studies.

Fun with Comparison Studies
03:53

Detailed Fun with Comparison Studies
3 pages

Let’s do a comparison study for purchasing a car.
People usu­ally purchase a vehicle several times in their lifetime. Although you may not be in the position to purchase a car yet (for example, if you are going to school and not working) this is still a good example to illustrate the comparison study process. At some point these skills will become important.

Example - Buying a Car
05:51

Let’s do a comparison study for purchasing a car.
People usu­ally purchase a vehicle several times in their lifetime. Although you may not be in the position to purchase a car yet (for example, if you are going to school and not working) this is still a good example to illustrate the comparison study process. At some point these skills will become important.

Detailed Example Buying a Car
8 pages

Fun with Comparison Studies
1 question

In Supercharge Your Critical Thinking an example was given to do a comparison study for purchasing a car. Now it’s your turn. There are many things you can do a comparison study on. Here are just a few ideas. Choose one you would like to do.
Bonus #2: Real Life Exercise - Doing Your Own Comparison Study
4 pages

This is a mid-course review and look forward to the remainder of the course.

Mid-Course Summary and Moving Forward Plan
01:30
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Decision Making Secrets
12 Lectures 33:45
What Affects Your Decisions
03:57

The Decision Making Process
01:18

Simple Steps for Making Awesome Decisions
01:36

Step 1: Collect the Facts and Data
01:07

Step 1: Collect the Facts and Data --- Becoming an Expert Investigator
07:11

Step 2: Make Your Assumptions
02:10

Step 3: Identify Your Options
02:01

Step 4: Use Logic, Common Sense and Your Feelings
06:06

Step 5: Make Your Decision
03:29

Simple Steps for Making Awesome Decisions PDF
00:00

This section covers powerful decision making methods to add to your list of skills as a strong critical thinker. They include:

  • The Pareto Diagram (For comparison studies)
  • The Ben Franklin Balance Sheet Close (For yes or no decisions)
  • Thin Slicing (For quick decisions)

Powerful Decision Making Methods
04:50

This section covers powerful decision making methods to add to your list of skills as a strong critical thinker. They include:

  • The Pareto Diagram (For comparison studies)
  • The Ben Franklin Balance Sheet Close (For yes or no decisions)
  • Thin Slicing (For quick decisions)
Detailed Powerful Decision Making Methods
7 pages

Simple Steps to Making Awesome Decisions & Powerful Decision Making
1 question
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Secrets to a Great Future
9 Lectures 20:45

We are each unique with strengths and weaknesses that are different than those of anyone else. Your primary question is:

How can I apply my natural and developed talents to make the most productive, interesting and enjoyable life for myself?

This section teaches you about your uniqueness and your many intelligences and how to put them to use.

Unleashing Your Multiple Intelligences
03:57

We are each unique with strengths and weaknesses that are different than those of anyone else. Your primary question is:

How can I apply my natural and developed talents to make the most productive, interesting and enjoyable life for myself?

This section teaches you about your uniqueness and your many intelligences and how to put them to use.

Detailed Unleashing Your Multiple Intelligences
4 pages

This section explores the power of convergent and divergent thinking and how you can use them to improve your critical thinking skills.

Convergent Thinking is the bringing facts and data together from various sources and then applying logic and knowledge to solve prob­lems or achieve objectives.

Divergent Thinking is thinking outwards instead of inward. It is the ability to develop original and unique ideas and then come up with a problem solution or achieve an objective.

The Power of Convergent and Divergent Thinking
06:26

This section explores the power of convergent and divergent thinking and how you can use them to improve your critical thinking skills.

Convergent Thinking is the bringing facts and data together from various sources and then applying logic and knowledge to solve prob­lems or achieve objectives.

Divergent Thinking is thinking outwards instead of inward. It is the ability to develop

original and unique ideas and then come up with a problem solution orachieve an objective.

Detailed The Power of Convergent and Divergent Thinking
5 pages

Unleashing your Multiple Intelligences
2 questions

We are on the edge of an amazing future. What changes lay ahead? What skills will you need to be successful and happy? Will you be ready? This section explores the future and your amazing potential to live a great life.

You are the Master of Your Future
07:47

We are on the edge of an amazing future. What changes lay ahead? What skills will you need to be successful and happy? Will you be ready? This section explores the future and your amazing potential to live a great life.
Detailed You are the Master of Your Future
8 pages

You are the Master of Your Future
1 question

This is the epilogue of the course. It reviews what you learned and looking forward to a great future using powerful critical thiknking skills.

Preview 02:35

This exercise is constructed to help you decide on a path that will be enjoyable and fulfilling.There are four ways this can be used.

It can be used:

  1. To determine what college you want to attend.
  2. If you are trying to decide on your first career.
  3. If you want to start a major project.
  4. To help you focus on the future you want to create for yourself.

This exercise uses the steps for decision making to help you with the process.

Enjoy!

BONUS #3 Creating the Future You Desire
8 pages

References and Appendices
12 pages
About the Instructor
Chuck Clayton
4.4 Average rating
18 Reviews
1,318 Students
4 Courses
Educator, Author, Mechanical Design and Development Engineer

Chuck Clayton teaches individuals high powered thinking skills to make powerful decisions and create a purpose driven life personally and professionally.

His goals are to help others:

* To become thought leaders, not followers
* Make confident decisions and stop repeating the same mistakes.
* Become proactive not reactive.
* Break through tough business and/or personal barriers.
* Have clarity of purpose.
* Set specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals (SMART).

Chuck's experience is extensive.
His background is as a professional mechanical design and development engineer and problem solver. Chuck has also been a principal systems engineer and a principal quality engineer.

He has worked in several different industries and disciplines. He has worked on ground support equipment for the space shuttle, satellites, oilfield equipment, computers, and more. He has also had several small businesses, websites,and more.

Chuck has a BSME from Michigan Tech University and a MBA from Pepperdine University. He is a Certified Raytheon Six-Sigma expert and a Toastmaster Advanced Communicator Gold.

Chuck is the author of 3 books including: The Re-Discovery of Common Sense--A Guide to the Lost Art of Critical Thinking. This book has been used for several years as a primary text at the University of Missouri's online school Mizzou for a course called: Writing for the Critical Thinker.

In his spare time Chuck enjoys Argentine Tango, golf, traveling, working out, learning the internet, the early space program, and learning on a wide array of subjects.