There has been much discussion recently about the increased use of online teaching in education. Given that we have recently launched an online course in critical thinking, it is good to see that this method is increasingly being used. However, there is an important distinction to be made between what has recently been described as ‘little more than teachers talking to their students over Zoom or other platforms’ and the sort of online course that we offer. Our course gives the learner the opportunity to develop (and reinforce) their skills of critical thinking as and when it is convenient for them to do so, rather than having to fit in with a teacher’s schedule.
In a recent publication by the Brookings Institute, ‘Competencies for the 21st century’, the importance of these competencies has been stressed. As it explains, ‘The