Engaging Students in Discussions of Controversial Topics—Face-to-face or Online (Repeat)
September 30 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Introducing and discussing “hot button” topics can be challenging, but we can’t always avoid them, especially when controversial topics are central to a course. Even more challenging are the occasions when a discussion becomes heated because it takes an unanticipated direction. If we aren’t prepared for these conversations, we can quickly feel like we’re losing control or that student interaction is becoming unproductive or upsetting. In this workshop, we will demonstrate some strategies for navigating difficult or “hot” topics as well as helping ensure that an unexpected turn doesn’t derail a discussion. You will leave with ideas for how you can prepare for and facilitate a productive conversation about controversial topics.