Teaching Argument Skills Using Debate Forums

Throughout college, students learn to develop a well-rounded argument supported by evidence and persuasion. This workshop uses an interactive discussion to demonstrate how student debates can be used effectively in undergraduate courses.

Faculty use many approaches to help students hone their persuasive skills and higher-order thinking: essays, discussions, case studies, and teamwork. Policy and ethics debates combine common elements of these activities by making use of evidence-based research, team-based collaboration, written work, and public delivery in order to make a persuasive argument to an audience. Students also learn to ground their argument in the context and relevance of broader issues in society and culture.

This workshop is comprised of three parts: the use of a debate forum, a simulated debate among participants, and a discussion of how debate can be applied in other courses creatively.

Facilitated by Brian Maj (Liberal Arts and Social Sciences)

Friday, February 28 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

John T. Richardson Library Idea Lab 2 (JTR 207)

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