Thinking Critically for Deciding What to Believe or to Do:
Explore, Evaluate, Expand and Express (E4)
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July 15 @ 5:55 pm:
Limited public release, trialing of website
June 15-July 14:
Community release, initial testing of website
May 15-June 14:
Develop site concept and training materials
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:
Participants of the training will have the option of receiving either 12 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through either a:
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.
§ Critical Thinking Training Course Modules
Ongoing Development of Website
qepCafe relies heavily scholarly collaboration between its users. Participants of the training are invited to contribute:
- Example of Practice (discipline specific) in all modules of the training course
- Critical Thinking Activity in the Explore, Evaluate, Expand, and Express modules
- Critical Thinking/Intellectual Development Theory, Model, or Technique in the Overview module
- Links to online documents, multimedia content, or sites related to critical thinking in the Resources section of qepCafe
The sharing of insights and examples about teaching and learning is an integral part of the qepCafe website design. All the content developed in-house or contributed by participants will continue to be released under the creative-commons license model. This licensing models allows for easy distribution, reuse, and subsequent adaptation with minimal copyright restrictions. All scholarly contributions will be reviewed and following any needed adaptation posted online in the appropriate section of the critical thinking training course, with these submissions being acknowledged, and tweeted about on qepCafe. Bibliographic citations will be provided for the scholarly contributions posted online, and these can be used as part of annual performance reports or for promotion/tenure review documentation. Your contributions will also help advance understanding of critical thinking models and techniques for future participants of the training course. It will provide all new and returning users of the training with a handy tool chest of ideas and examples for solving problems, improving processes, generating viable alternatives, and for thinking through complex issues or scenarios.