Critical Thinking University Launches to Teach Dynamic Problem-Solving, Decision-Making and Thinking Skills

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Interactive Courses From Pearson TalentLens Leverage Real-World Business Scenarios to Build Critical Thinking Skills

Hundreds of leaders from corporations and organizations around the country are investing one hour a week to learn dynamic decision-making and critical thinking skills by enrolling in Critical Thinking University from Pearson TalentLens. Through this powerful online portal, participants advance through 18 interactive courses featuring real-world business scenarios that teach them dynamic problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills.

Participants learn to apply Pearson’s RED model (Recognize Assumptions, Evaluate Arguments and Draw Conclusions) to think critically. The real-world business scenarios featured in the courses require them to recognize assumptions, distinguish fact from opinion, beware of persuasive techniques, recognize bias in themselves and others and, ultimately, develop as a strong decision-maker and critical thinker. A culminating activity requires learners to use the RED model and their new thinking skills to solve an online gaming challenge.

“Strong decision-making and critical thinking skills are requisite for success in today’s fast-paced and complex world. Yet, it is increasingly difficult for busy professionals to carve out the time necessary for professional development and training opportunities,” said Karen Chiang, General Manager of Pearson TalentLens. “Critical Thinking University offers them a powerful tool for developing and enhancing those skills anytime, anywhere in an interactive, online environment with a minimal investment of time.”

Providing participants with a personalized learning experience, Critical Thinking University features expert coaches who play an integral role in the process. Participants receive coaching and engage with others through social learning opportunities, including online forums, webinars and wikis. In addition, all participants receive a free online download of the book “Now You’re Thinking,” Pearson’s primer on critical thinking, and the opportunity to join an online book club to discuss their thoughts as they read this story of heroism guided by effective thinking.

Early graduates of Critical Thinking University from around the country had high praise for the experience and the new decision-making and thinking skills it helped them develop:

-“For me, the Critical Thinking University experience was time well spent. After several of the sections, it really had me analyzing the way I think things through.”

-“I would describe Critical Thinking University as a very creative and helpful tool. I truly enjoyed the courses and know I will benefit from them in the near future.”

-“The Critical Thinking University experience was enlightening. This training lived up to its promise, breaking down the complex topic into manageable pieces.”

As the global leader in education and assessments, Pearson TalentLens has more than 80 years of experience in talent assessment and publishes many of the most popular assessment and training programs used by companies large and small to make hiring decisions and develop their 21st century workforce. Pearson TalentLens is the exclusive publisher of the Watson-Glaser™ Critical Thinking Appraisal, the industry standard in critical thinking assessment. A large variety of free resources can be found on ThinkWatson.com, including thought-provoking blogs, RED model resources and the My Thinking Styles self-assessment.

For additional information about Critical Thinking University, visit http://www.ThinkWatson.com or call 888-298-6227. For more information about Pearson TalentLens, visit http://www.talentlens.com, become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nowyourethinking or follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/URThinking.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). For more information about the Assessment & Information group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/.

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