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Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking

Critical thinking lives here

Looking for a program to help you:
- discuss basic theories of learning and teaching methods in medicine and apply them to your clinical and/or non-clinical teaching;
- identify opportunities for teaching and assessing critical thinking and develop specific strategies for use in clinical and non-clinical settings; and
- reflect on your own teaching and develop a plan for assessing, monitoring, and developing your capacity to teach and evaluate critical thinking in learners?

Then this program may be for you!

Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking (TACT) is a two-part program offered by Faculty Development since Fall 2014. The program is designed for Dalhousie Medical School faculty who teach in a clinical setting and is offered through a distributed format.

Find out more about TACT (updated November 19th, 2018) [PDF - 827 KB]

Upcoming courses

TACT Phase 1
January 29th - April 30th, 2019

TACT graduates  

Congratulations to the graduates of TACT!
(Phase indicated in brackets)

Halifax, NS

Beatty, Lorri (1 & 2)
Black, Katharine (1 & 2)
Bonang, Lisa (1)
Brunet, Aileen (1)
Connors, Lori (1)
Dempster, Jeff (1 & 2)
Durand, Joy (1)
Dyack, Sarah (1)
Gu, Yang (1)
Haase, David (1)
Holland, Joanna (1 & 2)
Johnson, Liane (1)
Johnston, Lynn (1)
Jones, Bronwen (1)
Kulkarni, Ketan (1)
Lynk, Andrew (1)
Manos, Sarah (1 & 2)
McKeen, Dolores (1)
Mensink, David (1)
Murphy, Cheryl (1 & 2)
Parker, Deborah (1)
Pickett, Gwynedd (1)
Rideout, Andrea (1 & 2)
Scott, Tracy (1)
Sherwood, Vanessa (1)
Sutton, Colin (1)
Theriault, Scott (1 & 2)
Williams, Geoff (1)
Williams, Julie (1)
Wood, Lori (1 & 2)

Annapolis Royal, NS

Hancock, Caroline (1)

Antigonish, NS

Sullivan, Tania (1)

Barrington Passage, NS

Yee, Kenny (1 & 2)

Charlottetown, PE

MacDouglad, Jeff (1)

Fredericton, NB

Abootalebi, Shahram (1 & 2)
Benaya, Sebastian (1)
Digby, Aaron (1)
Hauman, Helena (1)
Holloway, Erica (1)
MacDonald, Ian (1)
Prendergast, John (1 & 2)


Sreenivasan, Shiva (1)

Milwaukee, WI

Gutzeit, Michael (1)

Miramichi, NB

Mah, Eugene (1 & 2)

Moncton, NB

Biden, Emily (1)
Olatunde, Oluwasayo (1 & 2)

New Zealand

McBain, Lynn (1)


Bird, Michael (1)
Cox, Merrilee (1)
Nofziger, Susan (1)
Ramundo, Maria (1)
Simon, Jodi (1)
Van Ittersum, Wendy (1)



Okanagan Falls, BC

Manning, Sheena (1 & 2)

Pitt Meadows, BC

Benoit, Gene (1 & 2)

Raleigh, NC

Schoenfeld, Regina (1 & 2)

Saint John, NB

Buchanan, Judith (1)
Campbell, Holly (1)
DeSousa, Natasha (1)
Gilbert, Mark (1 & 2)
Hollway, Denise (1)
Lamschstein, Claudia (1 & 2)
Postuma, Odette (1)
Stewart, Wendy (1 & 2)
Talbot, Jo-Ann (1)
Timms, Anne (1)

Saskatoon, SK

Cattell, Vicki (1)


Duncan, Russell (1)


Frost, Paul (1 & 2)

Comments from our graduates

“I am not sure what my expectations were, but I can easily say that the program exceeded them. It was more academic, rooted in theory, and detailed than I was expecting.”

“Definitely will be able to use it in multiple domains of work, personally, and as an educator, and also in life in general.”

“It was challenging but not overly. Stretched my mind enough that I was not overwhelmed and felt motivated to continue.”

“The program provided clear information about the basic foundation/principles of critical thinking. It provided me with the information and language necessary to communicate critical thinking processes and techniques. I very much appreciated the opportunity to learn from colleagues who work in a variety of disciplines. I think broad, diverse perspectives enrich learning.”

"I use it (Critical Thinking) every day. In meetings, debriefing, working with staff and learners, and even in my own life decisions."

"I was exposed to many new ideas that I had not considered before. Becoming aware of the biases we have in clinical medicine was very insightful and thought provoking."

Wondering if an online, asynchronous course is for you?

“It was fairly easy to use, great for being available at all times to suit the learner, and very well presented.”

“I think it is extremely time-efficient the delivery of material, concepts, exercises, and community discussion. It definitely helps that I can do it on my own schedule and from anywhere.”

“For time-strapped learners, this is essentially the only way. Presenting the material in different formats was also very useful for me (i.e. video, papers, e-modules). I like the mix! The topic is also very appealing to me, and the fact that we have 'home grown' expertise added to my appreciation of the program.”

"It took any pressure off as you could complete at your own pace. The variety of techniques used to present the material kept it from becoming monotonous."

"It was a good balance of print, video, interactive with feedback quizzes and webinars."