Free online course: Critical Thinking Basics

“Employers nearly universally agree that to achieve success at their companies, a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex programs is more important than his or her undergraduate major.”
Hart Research Associates

If you take only one course in your lifetime, make it this one. You will develop the fundamental skills of statement classification, research, analysis, and argument. You’ll find that these skills are tools for better communication, healthier relationships, and smoother navigation in all areas of life.

The first community class begins on June 26. The individual, self-paced course begins any time you’re ready!


  • Handle Statements • Systematically and automatically categorize statements, distinguishing among facts, falsehoods, theses, beliefs, and opinions.
  • Find it Out (Research) • Conduct effective research in order to gain knowledge about a topic, verify a matter of fact, or provide evidence for a thesis.
  • Figure it Out (Analysis) • Conduct effective analysis in order to gain understanding, derive meaning, and form conclusions about a complex matter.
  • Reason it Out (Argument) • Argue, and ultimately persuade, with reason and passion and without prejudice or undue emotion.
  • Examine Everything • Bring together the skills of research, analysis, and debate in order to properly examine and respond to information and arguments.

How it works

Critical Thinking Basics is available online through The Thinkery Network. You must be a member of the network to participate. It’s free to join the network, and there are loads of other good reasons to be a member! You may choose the community class option or the individual, self-paced option. Details

What it costs

The initial offering is FREE. That includes the community class that begins on June 26 and the individual class if you start by June 30.


“I am personally VERY motivated to drop my pursuits early on Tuesdays, get cleaned up, and drive to class because each week I have practical, usable takeaways and challenging thoughts that I mentally chew on all week. And those takeaways further my ability to share with others more effectively, including spiritually. … If I fully understand the difference between belief, opinion, and provable facts, etc., I am going to inevitably communicate more effectively — and garner much more respect — when I communicate with others. This class is highly valuable. A winner! I will not forget this class!”
[ G. B. ]



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“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” (William James)

5 thoughts on “Free online course: Critical Thinking Basics

  1. Reggie German says:

    I really applaud what you do, Elizabeth. You can guarantee I will be reading more of your blog.
    I’ve read your “about” section, and I am so excited to see there’s someone out there who shares similar beliefs and passions about teaching and learning!

    I would love to pick your brain one day and learn more about what you do. Please let me know.

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