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Learn about thinking with online courses and programs

Boost your problem-solving abilities, promote innovative thinking, and improve decision making as you learn more about the thinking process and the human brain. Enroll today with edX.

What is thinking?

Thinking isn't just what goes on in your head. Learning about the thinking process, the human brain, and different types of cognitive pitfalls can benefit your life in ways you may not be able to imagine yet. A robust and reliable thought process can help you figure out what your decision-making process is and help improve your problem-solving skills. 

While the definition of thinking may vary, the types of thinking you could learn are vast. Critical thinking is a continually developing skill, and mental activity is something you can nurture and develop with study and practice. And now, with the development of artificial intelligence, we may benefit even more from an understanding of our ways of thinking; our human thoughtfulness informs our understanding of our new AI creations.

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Thinking course curriculum

Critical thinking or cognitive skills courses can provide valuable knowledge and skills applicable to various aspects of life. Potential topics covered in such courses could include:

  • Identifying, analyzing, and constructing cogent arguments

  • The science of decision making

  • Mental shortcuts that people use and misuse

  • Engaging in philosophical conversations with others 

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics. Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore thinking skills for jobs

Learning about thinking, and taking critical thinking classes, can enhance various skills that are valued in the workplace. These skills include: effective decision making, problem-solving, innovation, communication, analytical thinking, problem diagnosis, and leadership abilities. By developing these skills, individuals can excel in their careers, adapt to new challenges, and contribute effectively to their organizations.