Thinking Critically for Deciding What to Believe or to Do:
      Explore, Evaluate, Expand and Express (E4)























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Welcome to the qepCafe, a website offering free, self-paced, training devoted to improving critical thinking.  The intended audience for the training course includes educators and learners, as well as professionals and leaders. The content is designed for anyone who needs to understand issues at a deep level, to solve problems effectively, and to create a supportive environment where this kind of learning can occur.  


What is Critical Thinking?

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Critical & Creative Thinking may be regarded as "dynamic and deliberate processes where learners are active participants in intellectual activities in which they explore, evaluate, expand and express in relation to problems, scenarios, and arguments in order to reach sound and innovative solutions, decisions, and positions.

While Thinking Critically we:

EXPLORE and use relevant information in order to gain knowledge and solve problems.
EVALUATE information and ideas using appropriate methods.
EXPAND and generate our own ideas and express them effectively.
EXPRESS a point of view and develop it with awareness of alternatives.

Critical thinking is an integral part of the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan/Program) being implemented at various educational institutions worldwide, including at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). Refer to EKU's QEP webpage for more information about our quality enhancement initiatives. 

Participants of the training will have the option of receiving either 12 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through either a: 
  • Certificate of Critical Thinking Course Completion provided a certain score has been achieved in each of the critical thinking training modules (View Sample Certificate); 
  • Certificate of Critical Thinking Course Audit provided all the training modules have been reviewed. (View Sample Certificate)
To start the training,  please press the button below, which will take you to a pre-training survey that covers various aspects of critical thinking. After completing the survey you may proceed to any of the five training modules (overview, explore, evaluate, expand, and express). The training course concludes with a post-training survey and an optional form for receiving your critical thinking training certificate.