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Teaching Critical Thinking Online

This workshop consists of 2 interactive modules offered via Zoom at 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Central Time) on July 9, 2021, and 1:00-3:00 p.m. (Central Time) on July 26, 2021. Participants earn a digital badge and certificate upon completing all modules and a post-workshop evaluation.

Workshop Description

This workshop provides participants with specific tools they can use to teach critical-thinking skills in an online environment. An emphasis is placed on using the tools in Humanities and Social Sciences classes to improve students’ reading and writing skills.

Learning Outcomes/Objectives

  1. Understand the fundamentals of critical-thinking skills.
  2. Learn how to apply precise pedagogical methods that help students at any level improve their critical-thinking skills.
  3. Learn how to apply precise pedagogical methods that improve students’ writing skills based on critical-thinking practices.
  4. Learn how to create critical-thinking rubrics.


  1. Participate in exercises that have been proven to enhance students’ critical thinking.
  2. Create exercises that enhance and measure students’ critical-thinking skills.
  3. Receive worksheets that have been shown to enhance students’ critical-thinking skills.

Participants can claim a digital badge and certificate upon completing the workshop and a post-workshop survey.


Registrants will be provided with the login credentials via email prior to the start of the event.


Registration Type
Early Registration Fee
on or before
July 2, 2021
Registration Fee
July 2, 2021
Complete Workshop Registration (Member)$200$300
Complete Workshop Registration (Non-Member)$300$400

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing prior to June 30, 2021. A refund of the workshop fee, minus a $25 administrative fee, will be given for cancellations received by June 30, 2021. Refunds will not be given after June 30, 2021 or for no-shows. Registrants who have an outstanding balance and do not attend the workshop are responsible for the $25 administrative fee. Substitutions are accepted at any time prior to the workshop by submitting a written request to Kelley Berley. The individual requesting the transfer is responsible for all financial obligations (any balance due) associated with the transfer.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images

By registering for one or more of these modules, you consent to being recorded for any purpose whatsoever, and you release NISOD and The University of Texas at Austin and their officers and representatives from any liability for infringement of any rights, and you expressively authorize and permit the use of your name, voice, and likeness and all reproductions thereof, for any purpose whatsoever, in perpetuity in any media now known or hereafter devised, without limitation and without compensation.

About the Facilitator

Dr. John Eigenauer is a professor of philosophy at Taft College. He holds a master’s degree in English, a master’s degree in humanities, and a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies from Syracuse University, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Syracuse University Fellowship. Dr. Eigenauer has taught philosophy, English, mathematics, computer science, physics, and Spanish. He has delivered workshops nationally and internationally on the pedagogy of critical thinking and published articles on critical thinking and rationality. His most recent article, “The Problem With the Problem of Human Rationality,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform, was highlighted in Psychology Today. Other publications of Dr. Eigenauer’s have appeared in The Historian, The Harvard Theological ReviewHistory of Intellectual Culture, Inquiry: Critical Thinking across the Disciplines, The Rational Alternative, Thinking Skills and Creativity, Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Huntington Library QuarterlyInnovation Abstracts, and The NISOD Papers.

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