Quick Study Series

Developing Students’ Critical Thinking and Analytical Skills

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Duration

1 - 2 hours

Enrollment Fee

$179.00

Course Content

1 Quick Study Course

Delivery

100% Online
Self-Paced

Part of Learning Lab

All Quick Study Courses

Overview

Effective critical thinking enables effective problem solving and creativity and supports rational decision making.

Through expert talks, faculty demonstrations, and practical resources, instructors will learn strategies to help students question assumptions, consider multiple viewpoints, and draw well-reasoned conclusions. This course will help faculty empower students to use these skills to avoid overly simplistic explanations of complex issues, gain the ability to examine differing perspectives, and devise creative solutions to problems they encounter.

If you have interest in purchasing for a group of faculty, please contact courses@acue.org.

Course Content

This course equips you with strategies to enhance students’ critical thinking and analytical abilities.
Learning Objectives and Practices:
  • Connect critical thinking skills to students’ futures
  • Cultivate students’ questioning skills to deepen thinking
  • Teach students to apply a process of critical thinking

This Quick Study Course Includes:

Learning content developed in collaboration with subject matter experts

Well-defined learning objectives with aligned activities

Implementation videos showcasing best practices

Opportunities for self-reflection

Downloadable implementation guides

Enrollment Information

Course Information

This series is self-paced and can be started any time after purchase.

Access to the course content is available for 30 days after the course is purchased.

Technical Requirements

A supported web browser and active internet connection.

ACUE Learning Lab subscribers get access to the entire ACUE Quick Study library for a full year for just $349. 

Meet the Expert(s) Behind Your Learning Journey

Lewis Newman, PhD

John M. and Elizabeth W. Musser Professor of Religious Studies, Emeritus
Carleton College

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is no set order to take open enrollment courses. Each course description includes module titles that may help you determine which one is of most interest to you at this time.

All of our courses except one are structured such that you engage with the course content, identify a practice, implement this practice with your current students, and then reflect upon the student impact of the new or modified practice selected.

Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses is the exception. It is focused on working with your course documents, applying the concepts learned in the modules to those documents, and reflecting on the process and the impact on student success in your course. You may find it beneficial to take this course after the others so that you can take the knowledge from the modules in the other courses and apply it as you work on developing outcomes and assessments.

If you are considering any of the AI Quick Study courses, there is a quiz you can take that may help you decide which Quick Study to take first.

Courses are delivered online through ACUE’s customized instance of Instructure’s Canvas Learning Management System. Course-takers also attend a 1.25-hour synchronous virtual facilitated course launch on the course start date conducted via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Quick Study courses are brief, self-paced learning experiences that can be started at any time after purchase.

Course-takers tell us it takes approximately 2–3 hours to successfully complete each module. This typical time commitment includes time to review module content, engage in online discussions with colleagues, plan and implement a practice, and complete a written reflection. Most open enrollment courses contain six or seven modules that will collectively require 12–18 hours to complete over a 6–8 week period. You will be given 8 weeks to complete the course and, upon completion, maintain login access to course materials for 1 year. 

The Fostering a Culture of Belonging course contains four modules, and the estimated time to completion is 2-3 hours per week (4-6 hours per module) over an 8-week period. This course opens a new module every 2 weeks. 

The Quick Study courses take between 1- 2 hours each.

To earn the Effective Teaching Practice Framework Certification, you must complete four courses: Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment, Promoting Active Learning, Inspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners, and Designing Learner-Centered and Equitable Courses. You may take courses from our Effective Teaching Practices (geared primarily for those teaching in person), our Effective Online Teaching Practices (geared for those teaching online), or a combination of both modalities.

To earn the Advanced Certification in Effective Teaching Practice Framework, you must complete the three additional courses, such that all seven courses in the Effective Teaching Practices and Effective Online Teaching Practices have been completed. 

The Fostering a Culture of Belonging course is a deeper dive into inclusive practices. Participants will earn a course badge upon completion, but this course does not apply toward the full ACUE Certification or Advanced Certification in the Effective Teaching Practices Framework.

Quick Study courses do not count toward the Effective Teaching Practice Framework certification.

To satisfy module requirements and earn a badge, course-takers submit a reflection aligned to a rubric that will be shared with you. Each course requires four to seven reflections to earn the course badge. Each reflection is scored by a National Reader assigned to your cohort. Successful completion of all assignments is required to complete the course. 

The Quick Study courses are not graded.

Frequently Asked Questions

ACUE’s self-paced Quick Study Courses are relevant to educators across all disciplines teaching at all types of institutions. Course enrollment is subject to the ACUE Terms and Conditions. If you’re not sure these courses are for you, please email courses@acue.org to discuss your situation. 

It takes approximately 1–2 hours to successfully complete a Quick Study course. This includes time to view videos from experts, instructors, and students, as well as engage with interactive features like self-check exercises, reflective questions, and more. 

Institutions may register a group of faculty in ACUE’s self-paced Quick Study Courses by contacting the program director at courses@acue.org. Institutions that enroll learners in ACUE’s Quick Study Courses are subject to the cancellation policy listed in these FAQ. 

Faculty groups should consider ACUE’s self-paced offerings for Institutions, which are available through a Quick Study Series license. Contact us for details and package pricing. 

You will have access to each individual Quick Study Course for 30 days, and the Quick Study Series can be accessed for 60 days. Access begins from the date of purchase. Learners are encouraged to download and implement practices reviewed in the self-paced Quick Study Course.  

Upon purchase, you will receive an email with information on how to access courses through “My Dashboard” on learn.acue.org. Initially, you will be required to set up an account. 

If you’ve taken previous ACUE Certification courses using Canvas, this learn.acue.org account that houses ACUE’s Quick Study Courses is separate. 

All cancellation notifications must be sent in writing via email to courses@acue.org 

To Cancel a Quick Study Course Individual Enrollment 

To receive a full refund, the request must be submitted within 3 calendar days of purchase, and the self-paced course must not have been accessed*.  

Refunds will be processed to the original payment method. ACUE reserves the right to limit refunds to one per year. 

Quick Study Seats Purchased by an Institution 

Quick Study Series seats purchased by an institution are valid for 60 days from the payment-received date. Seats not utilized by the end of this term will expire. For more information on access periods, please contact courses@acue.org.  

To Substitute  
Individuals who purchased a single enrollment may request a substitute to their paid enrollment, provided such request is received within 3 calendar days of purchase and that the self-paced course has not been accessed. Substitution requests must be sent in writing to courses@acue.org and are valid for the currently enrolled ACUE Quick Study Course only. One substitution is permitted per paid enrollment. 

Institutions have the option to replace a designated learner if the request is made within 3 calendar days of purchase, provided that the self-paced course has not been accessed. 

* Exceptions to the refund/defer policy may be made due to (1) illness or injury of a nature that significantly impacts the course-taker’s ability to continue in the course or (2) illness, injury, or death of an immediate family member (i.e., spouse/partner, parent, child, grandchild, sibling, grandparent). Please contact courses@acue.org to discuss next steps. 

No, you do not need to be actively teaching to enroll in Quick Study Courses. 

Quick Study Courses do not stack to the Effective Teaching Practice Framework Certification or Advanced Certification. 

Yes, you may concurrently engage with as many Quick Study Courses as you have access to. 

You will receive a badge for each Quick Study Course completed. 

Discounted pricing is available when selecting the Quick Study Series, which comprises all the individual courses related to the chosen Series topic. 

Technical assistance is available by emailing support@acue.org. For additional information about course accessibility, please review our Statement of Accessibility 

Yes, Quick Study Courses are available to international learners. ACUE Quick Study Courses include videos presented and supported in English. 

ACUE Quick Study Courses include videos presented and supported in English. To get the most out of your experience, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. 

The are no prerequisites to subscribe to the ACUE Learning Lab.

An ACUE Learning Lab subscription is for one year.

Upon purchase, you will receive an email with information on how to access the ACUE Learning Lab.

If you purchased an AI Quick Study course between January and May 2024, you have a free one-year subscription to the Learning Lab, which contains all of ACUE’S Quick Study courses.