Warning: Learning can be Uncomfortable—and Transformative

Do you remember when you were presented with information that forced you to question or rethink your worldview? It may have been some time ago for experienced teachers, but it is important to remember it might be the FIRST TIME our students are engaged in these transformative discussions. How do we design a classroom climate that not only gives a voice to marginalized populations, but also to opinions that may exist in the margins? In this workshop, we will discuss embracing the opportunities that accompany challenging topics in the classroom and how to create an environment of trust, safety, and respect. First, in an attempt to put us in the “learners seat”, we will reflect on learning experiences that resulted in a shift of our own worldviews. Second, we will discuss the importance of providing space for unpopular opinions and the value of trigger warnings and other pedagogical practices that support safe and lively classroom cultures. Whether your initial thought is “students need to toughen up”, “every topic discussed in this class should come with a trigger warning”, or somewhere in between, this workshop will support a lively, thorough forum to strategize tackling today’s tough topics with both compassion and reason.

This is an online workshop that will be facilitated via D2L. Registrants will be added to the workshop's D2L page prior to the start of the workshop.

Facilitated by Kristen Pengelly (Communication) and Adriane Stoner (Communication)

Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:00am

Online via D2L

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Workshops & Conferences


Centers and Institutes, Center for Teaching and Learning


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