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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Episodes focus on all areas related to meaningful education, with a focus on cutting-edge, research-supported ways to improve critical thinking in any discipline.

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The Critical Thinking Initiative podcast is a response to the low critical thinking outcomes among U.S. students across all levels of education. Episodes focus on all areas related to meaningful education, with a focus on cutting-edge, research-supported ways to improve critical thinking in any discipline.

    Creating "solutionaries" with Zoe Weil

    Creating "solutionaries" with Zoe Weil

    We're excited to welcome Zoe Weil from the Institute for Humane Education
    Zoe is the author of The World Becomes What We Teach and is a notable TedX contributor.  Zoe focuses her work on helping educators build "solutionaries" who tackle real world problems.  Join us as we discuss the overlays between her work and ours, and critical thinking in general.

    • 25 Min.
    Fighting Fake News: The Critical Thinking Rabbit Hole

    Fighting Fake News: The Critical Thinking Rabbit Hole

    A recent article in The New York Times argued that critical thinking is a dangerous "rabbit hole" and isn't the right tool for fighting "fake news."  Dave and Steve discuss the article's alternative, and, of course, advocate for stronger critical thinking in media literacy.

    • 23 Min.
    Improving Outcomes When Lecturing Online (or not)

    Improving Outcomes When Lecturing Online (or not)

    Did you know that at any given point during an online lecture, 40% of students' minds are wandering?  Join Dave and Steve to learn about "persistence" vs. "transience" in memory, and how to improve your learning outcomes.

    • 22 Min.
    Fake News but Real Education

    Fake News but Real Education

    Dave and Steve return with a podcast on combating fake news and why we should all be jealous of Finland.  Also, the new Critical Thinking Initiative Online learning experience, and Steve's new book, America's Critical Thinking Crisis: The Failure and Promise of Education.

    • 28 Min.
    How Humans Learn

    How Humans Learn

    Join us for an exciting announcement and an interview with John Eyler, Ph.D., author of How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching.  

    Wishing everyone wellness, safety, and satisfying teaching (or a much needed break!) in this time of COVID.

    • 24 Min.
    Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

    Quick Tips for Online Learning Satisfaction

    Given the sudden mass migration to online learning because of COVID19, The Critical Thinking Initiative offers this brief, "emergency" podcast about simple measures every instructor, K-Ph.D.--can take to ensure that the online learning experience is a positive one for the students. 

    Please feel encouraged to share this one with everyone you know who has suddenly had to transition their teaching online.

    • 15 Min.

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