Critical Thinking vs. Content: Resolving the Frictions
Do you want to teach critical thinking but struggle to do so given how much content you need to cover? Do you feel departmental, institutional, or disciplinary pressures to cover certain material? What are the four...View Episode
Ungrading: What? How? Why?
Jesse Stommel of the University of Denver, author of An Urgency of Teachers, and “ungrading” maven joins Steve for a thought provoking and, at times, joyously contentious discussion about inviting students to assign...View Episode
A Thousand Neuroscientific Imperatives for Teaching Critical Thinking
Steve delves into A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins, which holds immediate implications for the teaching of critical thinking as understood through the literal functions of neurons! But...View Episode
The Critical Thinking Skills Educators Value
Want to know what your colleagues mean when they talk about "critical thinking"? Want to know how to stimulate dialogue about it at your institution? Want to know why Steve is like Annie Wilkes?Two recent studies shed...View Episode
Creating "solutionaries" with Zoe Weil
We're excited to welcome Zoe Weil from the Institute for Humane Education Zoe is the author of The World Becomes What We Teach and is a notable TedX contributor. Zoe focuses her work on helping educators build...View Episode
Fighting Fake News: The Critical Thinking Rabbit Hole
A recent article in The New York Times argued that critical thinking is a dangerous "rabbit hole" and isn't the right tool for fighting "fake news." Dave and Steve discuss the article's alternative, and, of course,...View Episode
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...View Episode
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...View Episode
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...View Episode
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...View Episode
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.View Episode
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.View Episode