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Responding to Critical Incidents
Helpful guides and resources have been assembled by some of our favorite centers for teaching and learning and partner organizations:
- Preparing to Teach About the 2020 Election (and After), University of Michigan CRLT
- Teaching and the Election, University of Oregon
- How Faculty Can Prepare to Handle the Post-Election Classroom, Scholars Strategy Network (PDF)
- Civic Engagement and Democracy: Special Focus on the 2020 Election, American Council on Education
- Resources for Supporting our Campuses in Politically Fraught Times, a POD Network compilation from 2016
During local, national or international crises and significant events, 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.
- Responding to Critical Incidents, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Virginia
- Teaching After Charlottesville, The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University
- "In the Eye of the Storm: Students’ Perceptions of Helpful Faculty Actions Following a Collective Tragedy," To Improve the Academy, Volume 25, 2007
- "Defining Academic Freedom," Inside Higher Ed, December 21, 2010
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).
Facilitating Dialogue and Discussions
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