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IBAR Critical Thinking Method for Education Thought Leadership Certification



This online course provides a systematic approach to solving business and academic problems and making better decisions with limited information. It is self-directed and geared to the learning pace of participants.

This interactive course will equip participants with the skills to competently think clearly and comprehensively for developing a thought leadership strategy.

What is the IBAR Critical Thinking Method (TM)?

IBAR is an acronym for Issue, Benchmarking, Analysis/Application, and Recommendations. IBAR is a critical thinking method inspired by similar methods used in many American law schools, but geared to educators in academia. IBAR takes any problem and through a basic research formula that average participants can exercise, create solutions to the problem. Once a participant understands the critical thinking process using the Internet for research, you are then on the road to becoming a bonafide thought leader who knows how to answer and solve problems independently, as well as instruct students on this model.



  • Correctly identify and describe the four (4) components of the IBAR Critical Thinking Method.
  • Precisely recognize the impact of effective problem solving and critical thinking on academia.
  • Analyze the correlation between critical thinking, communication and thought leadership development.
  • Become aware of the rudiments for developing and designing intellectual property.
  • Identify the different platforms in social media to share and distribute intellectual property for maximum influence.
  • Accurately complete a finished project with all the components of IBAR fully addressed for developing a thought leadership strategy.


Lesson Topics & Course Assignments

Lesson 1 :  Introduction to the IBAR Critical Thinking Method

  • Listen to the PowerPoint audio video on The IBAR Critical Thinking Method.
  • Read pages 8-13 in the e-book, The IBAR Way of Critical Thinking & Thought Leadership

 Read articles from your Listed Articles packet:

“How to Choose the Best Critical Thinking Process for Smarter Decision-Making”

“How Transformational Leaders Develop Breakout Discoveries”

“Are You a Critical Thinker or a Strategic Thinker?”

Assignment: Based on the exercises at the end of each section of the IBAR Tutorial, complete the IBAR Critical Thinking Outline Sheet to be turned in with your IBAR Narrative Project Sheet.


Lesson 2: Introduction to Education Thought Leadership

 Read articles from your Listed Articles packet: 

  • “Thought Leadership: How Intellectual Property Keeps You Top of Mind in Your Profession.”
  • “How Educators Can Monetize and Cash-in on Thought Leadership.”
  • “How Educators Can Prove Students are Critical Thinkers and Scholars Through Evidence-Based Thought Leadership.”

Assignment: Complete Self-Reflection Exercise on Education Thought Leadership (3 essay questions). You will find the questions within your IBAR Document Forms packet.


Lesson 3: Creating Intellectual Property 

  • Read article, “How Intellectual Property Helps Students Become Influential Before They Get Hired.”
  •  Listen to Intellectual Property Architecture slide.

Assignment: Using the Intellectual Property Architecture format, outline the specifications for an article on your expertise.


Lesson 4: Developing a Social Media Schedule for Education Thought Leadership

  • Review and listen to the PowerPoint, “Creating a Social Media Schedule.”

Assignment: Create a daily social media schedule using the information provided.


Lesson 5: Certification Project 

Assignment: Using the information and exercises within the previous modules, complete the Student Narrative exercise for IBAR certification consideration, as well as complete the course evaluation form. Send completed assignment(s) to:



Good Standing in a corporate or educational institution.

Course Material (Required)

Book: The IBAR Way of Critical Thinking & Thought Leadership, supplemental articles, and videos.

Course Requirements

Participants will be provided all of the educational material for this course for presenting required analysis and participating in all course activities.

Course Evaluation

Course evaluation is one tool utilized by American Academy of Advanced Thinking (AAAT) to assess the effectiveness of learning and instruction in this course. It is encouraged that all participants participate in the written Course Evaluation that is included within the course material. Evaluation responses may be anonymous and confidential. 

Course Citizenship

Each participant is responsible for being prepared to take part in the course for certification consideration. This self-directed course allows participants to proceed at an individual, steady pace. You are encouraged to complete this certification within 3 months, but it’s understandable that life’s circumstances can get in the way. It is asked that participants file requests to AAAT for any deadline extensions.

The enrollment date is the day participants register for the course. The faster participants commit and complete the course, the more marketable and attractive participants become within the field of education. The choice for or against becoming successful rests with you.

Course Syllabus Changes

AAAT reserves the option to modify the course syllabus throughout the course offering. This may require modifications of audio-visual media, instructional technology, or supplemental materials and/or to modify assignments or make substitutions so long as course objectives are met and the overall certification criteria are maintained.


Your grade will be designated as “pass” or “fail.” The writing assignments you submit at the end of your course will be evaluated for certification. Generally, participants will be evaluated on the quality of writing and analysis of the course work. In the event that participants do not meet our standards for a passing grade, they are encouraged to contact AAAT to determine the necessary modifications to ensure a passing grade.

Methods of Instruction

The following methods will be used to facilitate learning in this course: (Reading, independent work, audio/visual aids, and instructor/participants class discussion).

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