Responding to Crises

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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.

General Articles


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).

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Facilitating Dialogue and Discussions