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Critical and Analytical Thinking

Course description

This course will help you concretely improve the quality of your critical and analytical thinking capabilities. You’ll start by learning to think about your thinking. From there, you’ll learn and practice various critical thinking tools and strategies, and find out why a growth mindset is so valuable in improving critical thinking. The course takes an action learning approach, which means you’ll be doing small group exercises where you’ll get to apply concepts to your own work environment. You’ll also have some research and brainstorming work to do between sessions.

Learning objectives

  • Learn systematic approaches to help you resist jumping to conclusions.

  • Learn to use Bayesian thinking to counter confirmation bias.

  • See how to use systems thinking to expand your frame of reference.

  • Discover how to apply constructive, solution-oriented thinking when critiquing others’ ideas.

  • Learn when to trust your gut.

Target audience:
All employees and managers

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Course format

  • Four 90-minute facilitated online sessions

  • Research and brainstorming between sessions

  • Small classes (10-12 trainees)

Registration fee:


Register and complete your course by March 15, 2023 and your course fee will be $0.

Employees— Share with your employer that you are taking the course! Send the link to your employer by email to discuss it with them.

E-learning duration:


Virtual Facilitated Session Dates

February 7, 14, 21, 28 2023 at 1-2:30 pm

New students 

Registering with COAST only takes a few simple steps.  

  1. Fill out the sign-up form. 

  2. You will receive a verification email with a link. Click on the link to access your account. 

  3. Go to the main dashboard and find the Ministry form. 

  4. Download it, fill it out, save it, and upload the saved and completed form in the Upload tab. 

  5. You will receive a confirmation email that it has been accepted (this may take up to two business days). Once that is done you may enrol in the courses of your choosing. 

  6. To enrol, select the Catalog tile on the dashboard and choose your course dates and times.

Returning students

Go to and log in with your credentials. Check the Catalog tile on the main dashboard to find this course. Select it and click Enrol.

Employers— Enhance and upgrade employee skills. Recognize and foster employee development. Enrol your company with COAST! Your company may register employees on any of the courses offered at no charge – as long as courses are completed by March 15, 2023.


PLEASE NOTE: Registration is not considered complete unless OAC receives the completed Ministry participation form.

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) requires you to complete their PDF Participant Form prior to entering the training program. This information is for reporting purposes only, is anonymized prior to reporting and will be held in confidence.

1. Click on the tile to download the mandatory form (PDF fillable format);

2. Once completed, please upload your saved PDF file on upload tab.

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