Do any of these sentences describe you?
- You're going into university for the first time, and you need to write papers well
- You're already in university, and you need to write papers better
- You’re out in the working world, and you need to write reports
- Teachers in secondary and post-secondary
- Anyone else of any age just interested in thinking and logic for whatever reason
If yes, then this course is for you. The Enroll button is at the bottom of this page.
Have you ever…?
- Done a lot of research, only to get a lousy mark on a paper, and not really understood why?
- Wanted to learn more about formal writing?
- Wanted to publish in academic journals?
- Thought something looked "fake," but weren't sure what exactly was wrong about it?
If yes, then this course is for you.
What's this course about?
This course gives a method for approaching those formal writing situations at work, school, or in life in general. By “formal writing” we mean, making a case for something important where you’re trying to convince others of something, be it an essay, a report, or even a court case.
Aren’t there tons of writing courses out there? Why this one?
Yes, there are hundreds of essay-writing courses out there. But this course may be unique in its focus on constructing the argument before you write. It’s a thinking course.
Why does anyone need this?
Professors want students/employers want workers to make logical arguments. But making logical arguments isn’t not a focus of high school English; it’s literally not taught, so students are hooped. It’s no wonder students aren’t good at making a clear point, or how to bring in evidence to back it up. This course addresses these and other issues.
What will I learn?
Learn to express yourself logically with skill and confidence. Make your case and persuade others. Think more clearly about what you read and hear. Think for yourself, and share your ideas effectively with others.
There are 39 minutes of video, seven quizzes, several self-study activities in nine sections of content. Also, you’ll get the scaffold itself you can use to think clearly about virtually any topic.
Learning logic as a separate subject?
The ancient Greeks invented logic and for hundreds of years, people studied and practiced as a subject. Generally now though, we only learn “what” to think, not “how” to think. Logical thinking is a skill that can be, but is not taught. It's just a tiny detail in overloaded curriculum. For example, look for "logic" in the Alberta English Language Arts curriculum http://www.learnalberta.ca/ProgramOfStudy.aspx?lang=en&ProgramId=370511#.You’d think high school would be the place to learn essential skills like this, but it’s not. But in high school, we also don’t learn about nutrition, or finances, or emotional intelligence either. It’s not a good situation. So this course is presented to fill that gap.
But we need logic, don't we?
We sure do. Logic is not only the basis of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but also of business and law. In all these situations you need to make your point, and have evidence. This course will help you make your case, wherever you need to.
What’s in the course
There are 40 minutes of video presentations in 10 lectures, 8 quizzes, 7 self-study activities, and 10 supplemental resources.
- About the course
- Is "Truth" a Thing?
- What does logic look like?
- Premises May Not Be True
- Conclusions as Premises
- Topic-Characteristic-Importance (T-C-I)
- The "Define-Explain-Limit-Evidence" (D-E-L-E) Questions
- Working with the Scaffold
- Resources and Readings
In the resources you’ll find how this method lines up with research in teaching thinking skills; argumentation models used in peer-reviewed journal articles; specific US and Canadian language arts curricula; and more.
This is relatively short and very practical training in logical skills you won’t find anywhere else.
How much time do I need to do this?
You’ll need at least an hour to watch the videos and do the quizzes. How much you practice is up to you. We’re recommending 5-15 hours.
How much does it cost?
Just the content: $34 USD. Includes 40 minutes of video presentations in 10 concise lectures, 8 quizzes, 7 self-study activities, and 10 supplemental resources.
Peer-Review Option $89 USD. Includes the content as above, plus
NOTE: We are open to creative ways to get this important training out there! That might be group classes, sponsorship or other means. Let us hear your ideas at [email protected]
To Enroll, click the button at the bottom of this page.
I'm an independent, alternative educator offering something different from what you find in conventional schools. I'm teaching stuff I think should be in schools, but isn't.
I have Bachelor degrees in Arts, and Education, and a Master's in Education. Click here for my online course development portfolio. Education is my life and passion.
I have a lot of experience in schools at all levels, from play school through to continuing professional development of medical professionals. I've taught in K-12, stockbrokers and farmers. I worked in post-secondary course development in three different universities. I've seen a lot and learned a lot about how education works. I've still got a lot to learn! And now in 2019 I'm offering courses on the Teachable platform.
I've been lucky enough to be influenced by a very wide range of influences.
On the one hand, the classical world of Latin and Greek poetry and theatre, mythology, logic, and the phi ratio.
On the other hand, iexposure to indigenous cultures in the Americas and also in Taiwan, where the circle, the community, and communion with the natural world are the guiding principles.
In some ways, Chinese thought brings these influences together in the martial arts, the I Ching, and Taoism.
Thanks, looking forward to seeing your ideas take form!
Michael Cenkner, MEd