Critical Thinking: Drawing Sound Conclusions

  • 6 videos | 21m 11s
  • Includes Assessment
  • Earns a Badge
  • Certification CPE
Humans excel at coming to quick judgments based on mental shortcuts. People like definite answers and an end to uncertainty, so sometimes they jump to conclusions based on minimal information and driven by past experiences, social norms or rules of thumb, or emotions. People are jumping-to-conclusions experts. And while that can work in some situations, such as when automatically driving the best route to work every day, you can't fix complex problems with fast decision-making or insufficient information. In this course, you'll learn how to gather and assess the evidence you need to reach a sound conclusion, and what visual tools can help you understand the evidence more clearly. You'll also learn to use lines of questioning to consider the impact and validity of your evidence, as well as techniques to arrive at, evaluate, and implement the logical conclusions you come to.


  • discover the key concepts covered in this course
    recognize the steps in assembling the evidence needed for a sound conclusion
    identify visual tools that make evidence more understandable
  • choose examples of lines of questioning that help you come to a sound conclusion
    identify techniques to implement logical conclusions
    reflect on what you've learned


  • 1m 30s
    We're great at making quick judgments. We like to provide definite answers to end uncertainty. But sometimes we jump to conclusions based on minimal evidence. Solutions to complex problems, however, require logical decision-making based on carefully examined information. In this video, you'll learn about the key concepts that will be covered in this course, including assessing evidence for its validity and how to consider its impact in decision-making. FREE ACCESS
  • 4m 5s
    Have you ever made a quick judgment or a decision only to find out later that your conclusion was inaccurate or wrong? In this video, you'll learn the steps for assembling the evidence needed for a sound conclusion. FREE ACCESS
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    3.  Visualizing Your Evidence
    5m 49s
    The visualization of data makes trends, outliers, and patterns clearer, and makes arguments more compelling. It also adds a level of engagement that keeps the audience focused. In this video, you will explore visual tools that help make evidence more understandable. FREE ACCESS
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    4.  Questioning Everything
    4m 16s
    While the phrase “assume nothing and question everything” may seem a little extreme, the underlying idea of questioning our actions and reasoning is a healthy one. But what questions do we ask? In this video, you'll explore examples of lines of questioning that can help you come to a sound conclusion. FREE ACCESS
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    5.  Using Your Conclusions
    3m 41s
    Once you've reached a conclusion, you’re ready to implement it. But how can you be sure it’s the right conclusion and will lead to the change and improvement you want to see? In this video, you will learn techniques for implementing logical conclusions. FREE ACCESS
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    6.  Let's Review
    1m 51s
    In this video, you will be able to review and reflect on what you've learned in the course Critical Thinking: Drawing Sound Conclusions. FREE ACCESS


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