Though worthwhile, it can be challenging to teach topics that involve arouse an emotional reaction, or invite strong political disagreements. Amidst a global pandemic, the racial justice movement, political transition, and environmental threats, even courses that don’t intend to discuss charged topics may find themselves doing so. This workshop will discuss best practices for handling these difficult conversations, whether spontaneous or planned. You will review several concrete strategies, talk through some case studies, and reflect on which may work best for you.
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This workshop is part of the Teaching for Engagement series for GW instructors seeking strategies to improve the effectiveness of their virtual courses by increasing student engagement and building community. Workshops in this series are sponsored by the Instructional Core. Explore the full list of Teaching for Engagement workshops offered this semester. The Instructional Core provides comprehensive, integrated solutions for instructors in search of teaching solutions. If you need feedback on assignment or syllabus design, advice on teaching methods, or ideas for new activities, consider booking a consultation with the Instructional Core.
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