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How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?

Presenters: Debi Moon, J.D., Assistant Vice President, Georgia Perimeter College and Rob Jenkins, MA, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

This course is worth 1 hour (0.1 CEU) of professional development. A certificate of completion can be printed once the program has been completed.


About this Course


A meaningful education is measured not by the facts a student accumulates, but by what he or she is able to do with those facts.

Developing critical thinking skills is the real business of higher education— teaching students to:

  • Analyze and dissect every idea
  • Ruminate about it
  • Arrive at thoughtful, informed opinions

We present a wealth of tools and strategies to help you promote critical thinking in this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, How Can I Help Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills?


This fast, focused program will show you how to incorporate active learning components into every aspect of your courses, from lectures to labs, from writing assignments to tests.

During this program you’ll discover:

  • Which activities promote active learning … and which don’t
  • How to create assignments and exams that reinforce critical thinking
  • How rubrics can help you make learning visible
  • How to incorporate case studies, role play, brainstorming, journals, interviews and other activities into class time
  • How to help students identify and consider the influence of context and writer bias