Decision Education Foundation Online

Decision Skills: Power Tools to Build Your Life

Chris Spetzler, Executive Director of the Decision Education Foundation
A free course from Decision Education Foundation
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The Course

Have you ever faced a decision you really struggled over, but just couldn’t find your way? Imagine you had been given a set of tools, so you were confident of making the best choice you could make. This course provides a path to developing those decision skills and improving your life. 
Good decision-making is an essential life skill most people acquire through trial and error. Few have had the benefit of formal training in decision making or are aware of decision science. This course demonstrates how a framework to help us make better decisions, decision quality, can help overcome common mistakes humans fall into, decision traps. The principles and practice of decision quality have been successfully applied in business, medicine, and engineering. Through our work with teachers, schools, and students, we have witnessed the tremendous value this material brings through helping individuals and groups resolve their toughest dilemmas.

In this course you will:

  • Learn the decision quality framework for improving your personal and life decisions        
  • Discover common decision traps and tools to combat them
  • Apply the decision framework to a variety of situations to experience the value of making better decisions  

Participants in similar courses have experienced increased awareness of decision opportunities and greater confidence in making decisions. Furthermore, improving your motivation and commitment in following through increases your chances of a successful outcome for your decisions.

This course is designed for adults who work with youth: educators, mentors, counselors and parents. Teenagers will also find the material accessible and relevant to their life and the choices they face. For this reason, parents and mentors can benefit from participating in the course along with a young person to gain a shared language for decision making. These advanced concepts have demonstrated value with individuals of all ages and we believe those who apply them will find they are of immediate value in improving their life.
The Decision Education Foundation (DEF) is dedicated to making decision skills accessible to young people and to bringing decision education into the mainstream. Visit for more information.

More Information

Expect to spend between 2-3 hours per week on the course over the six-week period.
Course Design: 
This course is designed as a combination of short lectures and engaging team-based activities. While participants may work on their own, for a richer educational experience we recommend joining a team.
Course Content:
Week 1:  Take Charge and Improve Your Outcomes with Decision Skills 
Week 2: Recognize and Avoid Decision Traps
Week 3:  Define a Helpful Frame and Clarify Your Values     
Week 4: Explore Creative Alternatives and Generate Useful Information
Week 5: Apply Sound Reasoning 
Week 6: Commit and Follow Through
Technical Requirements:
You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and upload a variety of assignments including videos, slides, and text.
Statement of Accomplishment:
Subject to satisfactory performance and course completion, you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the instructor.
Receiving Credit as a High School Student:
A high school student may enroll in this course and, upon completing the coursework and an evaluation at the conclusion of the course, receive high school credit. The credit represents 20 hours of coursework, the equivalent of .25 credits. The granting of the credit costs $60 in administration and evaluation fees. For more information, send an email to: