Developing Critical Thinking for Modern Learners Certificate

A Series of 3 Online Sessions Starting November 8, 2023 

Certificate Overview

Certificate Overview

In recent years, we have seen shifts in the nature of working including automation, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, and robotics. Experts say the pandemic accelerated the great reset of the workplace. Deloitte Consulting, McKinsey & Company, and The Economic Global Forum conducted studies showing that critical thinking is one of the pressing and top skills required by workers, frontline leaders, and leaders. The need for critical thinking in employees and leaders is driven by uncertainties and the increasing unknown factors in business environments. Coupled with the growing remote work and the rapid change in emotional sentiments of employees and customers, modern workers and leaders need to be thinking about how to quickly fix, solve, and improve work by relying on their creativity and capacities. In this course, you will learn how to design and implement learning initiatives and programs that raise the capacity of workers and leaders to critically think, fix, solve, and improve work.


Bonus Items:

  • FREE copy of Ray's e-book Developing Critical Thinking Tools for Modern LearnersDeveloping Critical Thinking for Modern Learners book
  • 10 Models for Critical Thinking Tools for Your eLearning. These 10 Storyline and Captivate source files can be used for your eLearning, webinars, and in-person presentations and exercises. 
SPECIAL BONUS! Project Feedback with Mentoring and Quick Mentoring Sessions 

Mentor Supported Projects
You will be assigned a mentor. The mentor will review your projects, provide comments, and feedback.
Past participants rated the Mentor Supported Projects as one of the highlights in applying their learning!

Quick Mentoring Sessions 
Should you have specific interest areas or challenges with your work application, you may join small group 30-minute sessions with Ray Jimenez and mentors. The Quick Mentor sessions are small intimate conversations.
The schedule of the session will be announced during the certificate.

Course Details

This is not a software course. This certificate is not about authoring tools and learning platforms. It focuses on content development, design, and delivery. It does not promote a singular product, but rather uses multiple products for illustration purposes. The course will focus on using digital technologies to help learners learn critical thinking. However, the ideas are applicable to in-person and webinar exercises.

The certificate is suited to those who wish to design, develop, and deliver learning experiences that help workers and leaders develop the capacities for critical thinking.

Who Should Attend:
This certificate is appropriate for subject matter experts, training designers, and eLearning designers and developers, and leaders.

Course Objectives

At the end of the certificate, you will own examples and demos to serve as your models. In addition, you will be able to:

  • Design a learning architecture and a program that helps learners, workers and leaders improve their critical thinking capacities and skills.
  • Design shorter, succinct, and chunked learning lessons and exercises.
  • Use the Thinking Tools Design Templates to create easy learning experiences.
  • Implement a critical thinking impact report and analytics to justify and persuade your stakeholders to implement critical thinking programs.
Thinking Tools to Help Learners

Main Features  

  • 50 Thinking Tools and Models
  • Fishbone
  • 80/20 Rule
  • Pros and Cons
  • Consequence Thinking
  • Trial and Error
  • Troubleshooting
  • Networking
  • Contributing Solutions
  • And many more

10 Ready to Use Source Files
10 Ready-to-Use Storyline and Captivate eLearning Source Files for Critical Thinking Exercises 

  • Scaling capacities
  • Pros and Cons
  • Checklist
  • What Ifs
  • My Contributions
  • My Impact
  • Improving work
  • And others


Two hours for an online session and one hour for self-directed application work. The application period is intended for you to apply your ideas to your own business needs and realities. You will be required to submit your mini projects to the course instructor for review.

  • What is critical thinking and why has it become a more pressing learning issue today?
  • How do you conduct a small investigative survey to find out the gaps and opportunities that will benefit critical thinking skills?
  • What are the key foundations of critical thinking and its impacts at work?
  • How do you modernize your learning objectives, lessons, and assessments in traditional lessons to include critical learning?
  • How to apply simple, easy, and quickly useful critical thinking exercises?

Two hours for an online session and one hour for self-directed application work. The application period is intended for you to apply your ideas to your own business needs and realities. You will be required to submit your mini projects to the course instructor for review.

  • What is a critical thinking learning architecture?
  • How do you select the appropriate critical thinking methods to match a problem?
  • How do you make sure your critical thinking initiates immediate impacts at work?
  • What digital technologies support critical thinking learning?
  • How do you “rig” or “hawk” a platform or software to allow critical thinking learning?
  • How do you apply and integrate critical thinking in your LMSs, SharePoint, MS Teams, Slack, ZOOM, and other webinar tools, and special collaboration tools like Miro, Drawing, Mapping, and others?
  • What are low-tech and paper-based methods in teaching learners critical thinking skills?

Two hours for an online session and one hour for self-directed application work. The application period is intended for you to apply your ideas to your own business needs and realities. You will be required to submit your mini projects to the course instructor for review.

  • How do you assess the impacts and prepare reports on critical thinking contributions?
  • How do you design critical architecture that becomes embedded in the day-to-day work operations?
  • How do you add critical thinking in workflow learning, performance support, and social learning?
  • How do you use critical thinking processes in advance for issues relating to troubleshooting, problem-solving, risk analysis, workarounds, testing and trial and error, data analytics, and complex problems?
  • How do you implement critical thinking initiatives that meet the expectations of stakeholders?
  • How to learn from case studies and best practices in designing critical thinking learning initiatives?

Ray Jimenez

Ray Jimenez
Author, 50 Thinking Tools for the Modern Workers and Leaders

Author, 3-Minute e-Learning, Scenario-Based Learning: Using Stories to Engage e-Learners and Do-it-Yourself e-Learning: 100 Ways to Simplify Design and Development. Ray is the systems architect for Vignettes Learning and Training Magazine Network where more than 30,000 participants have attended his  webinars and workshops.

Course Dates

Course Dates

Register early. This course is limited to 25 participants.



Session 1: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Session 2: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Session 3: Wednesday, November 29, 2023
RAIN DATE: Thursday, November 30, 2023

The "Rain Date" is a date to reserve on your calendar. It will be used in the unlikely event that an earlier session can not run as planned due to technical difficulties or a speaker emergency.

This course is comprised of three (3) live online sessions.

Each session is 2 hours in length. (The online session last two (2) hours. You should also plan for one (1) hour of self-directed application work following each session. The application period is intended for you to apply your ideas to your own content. You will be required to submit your mini projects to the course instructor for review.)

All sessions start at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (New York) time. Here is the time of the sessions listed for various time zones

  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific Time (PT)
  • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Mountain Time (MT)
  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Central Time (CT)
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern Time (ET)

For times in other cities, visit Time and Date Converter. All sessions are recorded. In order to earn your Certificate of Completion, you must log in for and participate in each live course and successfully complete any homework assignments by specified deadlines. Recordings of sessions are intended for review purposes only.

Course Rates

Course Rates

Register early. This course is limited to 30 participants. 

Early-Bird Registration 30+ days prior to course start date: $645

Registration within 30 days of course start date: $795

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Course Equipment

Course Equipment

IMPORTANT - You'll participate in online and collaborative activities in a number of ways, each designed to provide a unique means to interact and learn from experts and colleagues. All course delivery software operates at Internet connection speeds of 56.6 kbps or better, on PC, Mac and Unix platforms. Courses will use teleconferencing or VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol.) The login instructions emailed to you approximately one week prior to the start of the course will outline platform use as well as any headset requirements or suggestions. Each registrant must provide their own laptop or desktop computer and other equipment (such as a headset, if indicated in your login instructions) in order to fully and successfully participate in the course. Please test your login information a minimum of 48 hours in advance on your course start date on the computer you will be using for the course.

What Others are Saying

What Others Are Saying

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Certificate of Completion and eBadge

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