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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.

    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
    Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

    Does Higher Education Improve Critical Thinking?

    Steve and Dave delve into recent research on critical thinking growth throughout college. Learn the extent to which it is happening and why. Warning: this episode may contain some ranting.

    • 29 min
    How to offer students feedback. Or not.

    How to offer students feedback. Or not.

    Steve and Dave tackle the complex issue of how to respond to student work effectively. Spoiler alert: It's somewhere between a pat on the back and psychiatric analysis.

    • 33 min

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