ENABLE CAREFUL, COURAGEOUS, AND

CLEAR THINKING

Join a growing network of faculty and university leaders using innovative teaching tools to build students' critical thinking and productive disagreement skills

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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STEP 1

Students watch short animated videos that define key concepts and model Argument Mapping and Systematic Empathy skills.

STEP 2

Students work at their own pace to practice target skills with thousands of practice exercises at their disposal.

Feedback appears instantly upon submission at the bottom of each practice question.

The goal? Practice until you get a streak!

Practice skills until you reach a streak
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STUCK? ASK FOR HELP!

Anyone can reach out to the thinkARGUMENTS team in the chat for support and tutoring. We're here to help both students and faculty.

STEP 3

Students gauge their skill growth at the end of each lesson using a summative assessment called a Mastery Check.

If a student passes the mastery check, they move on to the next lesson.

If they don't pass? No worries, and no penalty! Students review the feedback and return to take a new, different version of the same Mastery Check when they're ready.

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OUR TOOLS

Systematic Empathy is a step-by-step method for precise listening. Participants slow down their thinking to better understand the logic and context of an opposing argument.

Argument Mapping activates reasoning skills by uncovering hidden reasons, faulty logic, as well as points of connection.

Mastery Learning is a process for building Systematic Empathy and Argument Mapping skills through student-centered practice. Students work at their own pace, and their own skill level, to practice until mastery is achieved.

ABOUT thinkARGUMENTS

Developed in response to documented skill deficits in higher education, thinkARGUMENTS is a platform designed to build students’ capacity and confidence engaging arguments in classrooms and campus life.
thinkARGUMENTS is offered by ThinkerAnalytix, an education non-profit organization spun out of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.

We are a coalition of educators, philosophers, and leaders in edTECH that works directly with faculty and higher ed leaders to support teaching and program development.

WHAT WILL MY STUDENTS BE ABLE TO DO?

After taking thinkARGUMENTS, students will be able to read short arguments and map their structure, including all claims (implicit and explicit) and inferences. In addition, students will have the logic chops to complete maps like the puzzle below, and explain their own errors.

To get a sense of what mapping feels like, try your hand at the puzzle!

TRUSTED BY EDUCATORS

LEARN MORE AT A thinkARGUMENTS WEBINAR

Participants at these webinars will:

thinkARGUMENTS webinars and summer institutes will be relevant for: Faculty members, Curriculum Committee members, Provosts and Deans, Certificate program leadership, Academic Advisors, and more.

UPCOMING WEBINARS AND EVENTS:

INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR
TUESDAY MAY 28, 2024
4:00-4:30 p.m. ET

INTRODUCTORY WEBINAR
WEDNESDAY JUNE 26, 2024
12:00-12:30 p.m. ET

ABOUT US

thinkARGUMENTS is produced by ThinkerAnalytix, an education non-profit organization spun out of the Harvard University Department of Philosophy. Why philosophy? For philosophers, disagreement is expected, even invited, to tackle seemingly impossible problems. History shows that the best learning happens through disagreement that is inquisitive, respectful, and fearless.
We leverage thousands of years of pedagogy from philosophy and custom education technology to offer a portfolio of courses and programs that teach productive disagreement as an essential part of learning and working communities.