Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking Course Package

Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking Course
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Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking Course Package


The Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking Course Pack is a comprehensive online training course to improve critical thinking skills and mindset attributes of college students and adult learners. 

Developed by leading critical thinking experts, Keys & Strategies is a comprehensive tool, providing learning modules, objective assessment, and instructor resources. 

In the successful learner, critical thinking mindset attributes (the Keys) and reasoning skills (the Strategies) are developed and improved throughout life. The Keys & Strategies Critical Thinking learning modules provide engaging content about how humans can build reasoning capacity and avoid common reasoning error. The Critical Thinking Keys and Strategies assessments are intended to provide students with an analysis of their strength in critical thinking.

Critical Thinking Learning Modules

19 proven online instructional learning modules help learners build their critical thinking skills and increase their consistent motivation to apply those skills where they count: to problem-solving and decision-making in every facet of their lives.  Reflective thinking exercises are designed to practice skills and help develop the habits of mind of a strong critical thinker. Taken together, these modules cover all of the critical thinking skills and mindset attributes needed in today’s workplace.

The modules can be conducted in groups or independently to support active learning.  Group sessions add the potential for additional discussion and shared insights, helpful for integrating content, practicing thinking skills and building habits of mind.

Critical Thinking Skills and Mindset Assessment

A two part diagnostic assessment objectively measures the thinking mindset and reasoning skills of course participants. The online, validated assessment is aligned with the complete set of 14 thinking mindset attributes (keys) and reasoning skills (strategies).  Individual and group reports are provided.

Critical Thinking Keys measures 8 thinking mindsets including truth-seeking, open-mindedness, confidence in reasoning and inventiveness.

Critical Thinking Strategies measures 6 thinking skills including analytical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, reasoning with uncertainty and overall reasoning strength. 

Data Reported

Keys & Strategies critical thinking assessments identify individual and group strengths and weaknesses. Numerical and categorical interpretation of strength are reported for each of the key aspects of critical thinking.

Group reports display aggregated statistics and bar-charts for each metric. An individual printable test-taker report documents the scores of test-taker, giving participants the opportunity to focus on self-improvement.


The user manual provides faculty with all needed information for using the course pack and guiding students to maximize their active learning experience.  Useful strategies for active learning in all settings are discussed.

Access to additional teaching, training and learning tools is provided on our website.

Training Administration

Modules and assessments are suited for virtual or face to face modalities. A flexible online structure permits participants to work at their own pace, controlling their time on task and progress.   

Secure, encrypted online training and testing is available 24x7x365 with our multilingual delivery options. The online participant interface is easy to use, data encrypted and flexible. Assessments can be assigned to be taken within any window of time which meets the instructor’s needs. Each test is scored as soon as the test taker submits responses to the items on the test.

Insight Assessment manages logins/passwords, assignments. Skilled assessment specialists can help you integrate into training management processes.    Tech support is available 24/7.

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Data about relative strength and weakness in critical thinking is highly relevant for admissions, accreditation, student support and retention programs, admissions and accreditation.

Call us at 650-697-5628 for more details, a free faculty preview and a free price quote.

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