Responding to Critical Incidents

Teaching About Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism

Helpful guides and resources have been assembled by some of our favorite centers for teaching and learning, partner organizations, and experts in the field:

We'd also encourage you to check out some of the FREE Evidence-Based Tools for Teaching and Learning About Race showcased on our Inclusive Excellence webpage.

Election 2020

Helpful guides and resources have been assembled by some of our favorite centers for teaching and learning and partner organizations: 

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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.

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


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

Sample rubrics:



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