Center for Faculty Innovation

How Can I Use Debate In My Classes? (Workshop)

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Location: Madison Union room 203

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This workshop will also be offered on Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:30 PM-2:00 PM in Festival. You may register for either using the linked button above.

Debate Across the Curriculum is an initiative at JMU to assist faculty in incorporating innovative debate techniques into the classroom and other on-campus activities. Instructors across colleges and disciplines have found debate a rewarding pedagogy for challenging students to improve advocacy skills, critical thinking, public speaking, group collaboration, confidence, and academic research skills. This workshop will promote the exciting and rigorous pedagogy of debate across all classes and spaces in higher education. Instructors will be encouraged to examine their own pedagogical goals and examine ways that debate might create opportunities to expand in course instructional options.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying ways in which incorporating debate in the classroom and other learning spaces can add rigor and innovation, and
  • Creating classroom activities and assessments that engage students in debate as part of a coherent pedagogical approach.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes:

  • Appreciating pedagogy—the art and science of teaching and learning--as a significant higher education endeavor,
  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices,
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning), and
  • Designing and offering courses or curricula that align learning objectives, assessment, and learning activities.

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