On-line Critical and Creative Thinking courses & Distance Ed

Registering: Online courses are regular, for-credit courses, but they are hosted by the University College (formerly Division of Corporate, Continuing, and Distance Education). NOTE to ONLINE STUDENTS: You need a UMass student email to access the platform for online courses. Many things about how the course operates and how to get technical help become much clearer once you register - the instructor will make contact with you before the course starts, since you cannot access the course itself until the term starts.  After your admittance to the program, or after registering for a course the first time, you will be sent information about your Student ID and Student Email Address (typically by postal letter).  Make sure to read any related materials clearly, as both of these pieces of information will be needed to access various online systems at UMass-Boston. Read the full guide on Getting Started for Students of Online Courses for lots of other information, arranged in systematic steps.

While you are waiting to get an UMass email address, email the instructor to make contact and join in activities that do not depend on Blackboard (the system for managing online courses). The instructors' email addresses are listed on the faculty page.

Matriculated M.A. students MUST get the permission of the Program coordinator to take on-line versions of courses that are also offered face-to-face. We want our M.A. students to be part of the face to face community and permission will be granted only if the face-to-face sections have filled above their minimum required enrollment.

Distance Ed: Some of CCT's face2face courses are designed to bring in a small number of students from a distance by skype or speakerphone during regular class meeting times. (Contact the Program for details and the Program Director for approval.) It is therefore possible to complete the entire M.A. at a distance by: undertaking the Certificate through online and distance courses; getting approval to transfer to the M.A. program; and participating in the remaining regular classes at a distance.


Online courses

Most online sections are offered one semester each year, as indicated below, but see the multi-year schedule for future semesters.
The emphasis of each online section is given by the tagline plus descriptions linked to the course numbers.

CrCrTh 601: Critical Thinking (fall)

Instructor: Bob Schoenberg
Tagline: Applying critical thinking skills in one's professional life.
Comments from students,
Fall 2004

CrCrTh 602: Creative Thinking (spring)

Instructors: Delores Gallo and Luanne Witkowski
Tagline: Inside the Creative Process: Exploring Blocks and Finding Creative Ground

2010 online evaluations

CrCrTh 612: Seminar in Creativity (summer)

Instructor: Suzanne Clark

CrCrTh 616: Dialogue Processes (spring)

Instructor: Olen Gunnlaugson
Tagline: Exploring the Transformative Practices of Dialogue in Learning Communities & Organizations

CrCrTh 618: Creative Thinking, Collaboration, and Organizational Change (section 1)

Instructor: Allyn Bradford
Tagline: Build a sense of trust, teamwork and accomplishment as class members work together on a variety of creative endeavors in virtual space.

CrCrTh 618: Creative Thinking, Collaboration and Organizational Change (section 2)

Instructor: Wally Clausen
Tagline: Theories and Tools for Creative Change in Organizations, Communities and the World
2010 evaluations (Clausen)

CrCrTh 619: Biomedical Ethics (summer)

Instructor: Mark Robinson
2010 evaluations

CrCrTh 670: Thinking, Learning and Computers (fall)

Instructor: Jeremy Szteiter
Tagline: Critical Thinking & Information Literacy
2009 evaluations

CrCrTh 693: Action Research for Educational, Professional, and Personal Change

Instructor: Jeremy Szteiter

CRCRTH 692: Processes of Research and Engagement

Instructor: Jeremy Szteiter or Peter Taylor
2010 evaluations (Szteiter)

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Last update 7 January 2011