Critical Thinking in Action

Take control of your future by learning powerful thinking skills.
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Critical Thinking in Action!

This is a complete basic course on PRACTICAL critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

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

You will also be provided with the tools and techniques to become more resourceful. 

Imagine being confident handing tough decisions, doing projects and objectives and asking critical questions to get you to the root cause of problems. 

This course provides a unique way of viewing the world and how to make your mark.  It was created to fill a gap that many schools leave when teaching the higher order thinking skills.

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 basic 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.

    If you need this course please sign up now. You have nothing to lose. There is a 30 day money back guarantee!



What are the requirements?

  • An open and curious mind on how to take control of your future.
  • To have a strong desire to be more resourceful.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Be more resourceful and confident!
  • Be a thought leader, not follower.
  • Make great decisions personally and professionally.
  • Organize your thinking to get more done in less time.
  • Do projects confidently.
  • Be proactive instead of reactive.
  • Ask thought provoking questions to get to the heart of almost any problem.

What is the target audience?

  • If you want to make great decisions confidently and quickly.
  • If you want to accomplish more in your life.
  • If you want to learn "PRACTICAL" critical thinking, decsion making and problem solving skills.
  • If you want to take control of your future.
  • If you want to learn how to free up time and save money.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
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Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview, Introduction and Instructor Background
04:26

Section 1: Course Overview, Introduction and Background

1 page

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.

02:24

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

04:38

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.

Section 2: Foundational Skills
07:10

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

06:53

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

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

here.

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Universal Elements of Critical Thinking
4 questions
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.

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.

5 pages

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
2 questions
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.

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.
01:44

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.

01:31

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.

4 pages

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.

2 questions


Section 3: Critical Thinking Methods and Resources
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.

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.
11 pages
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.
4 questions

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.

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.
5 pages

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
2 questions
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.
6 pages

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.
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.

8 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.

05:57

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.

Simple Steps for Doing Projects and Achieve Objectives
1 question
8 pages

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!

03:53
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.

Detailed Fun with Comparison Studies
3 pages
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.

8 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.

Fun with Comparison Studies
1 question
4 pages
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.
01:30

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

Section 4: Decision Making Secrets
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
Article
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)

7 pages

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)
Simple Steps to Making Awesome Decisions & Powerful Decision Making
1 question
Section 5: Secrets to a Great Future
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.

4 pages

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.

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 or achieve an objective.

5 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 orachieve an objective.

Unleashing your Multiple Intelligences
2 questions
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.

8 pages
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
1 question
02:35

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

8 pages

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!

References and Appendices
12 pages

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Instructor Biography

Chuck Clayton, CEO of 3CForce

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.

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