Responding to Crises
During local, national or international crises, students and faculty can become emotionally charged, feel mentally drained, and be uncertain about how to respond to opposing viewpoints with humility. The links below provide strategies to help faculty create teachable moments in times of crises and develop respectful rapport despite varied perspectives.
Encouraging critical thinking in online threaded discussions, Journal of Educators Online. Arend, B. (2009).
Designing and orchestrating online discussions. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Baker, D.L. (2011).
Facilitating class discussions around current and controversial issues. Ezzedeen, S. (2008).
Practical teaching How to lead effective group discussions. Muller, J., & Irby, D. M. (2005).
Teaching critical thinking through online discussions, Educause Quarterly, Macknight, C. (2000).
Dialog and Discussion Resources
Addressing controversial issues, Flinders University
Facilitating Challenging Discussions in Effective Ways, Queens College, CUNY
Listen, Affirm, Respond, Add – The LARA Method to Create Dialogue, The Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan
Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education, Kay Landis, editor, University of Alaska, Anchorage & Alaska Pacific University
Mastering online discussion board facilitation: Resource Guide, Edutopia
- Rubric for asynchronous discussion participation
- Online discussion rubric
- Class discussion rubrics - undergraduate and graduate courses