Advanced Teaching Institute: Getting Comfortable with Challenging Discussions

The semester-long institute comprises a series of seven workshop-style Zoom sessions. Due to the interactive design of this institute, registration will be limited to 30 faculty. Advanced Teaching Institutes are intended for faculty who have completed a previous CET Faculty Teaching Institute or the Accelerated Online Teaching Institute.

Getting Comfortable with Challenging Discussions will provide a supportive and informative space for faculty to engage in discussions of controversial topics and manage discussion conflicts. Institute facilitators, guest speakers, and participants will engage in the following topics

  • Creating a classroom environment for productive discussions
  • Policies and laws on academic freedom and speech
  • Planning for challenging discussions in your course
  • Addressing current societal events in class discussions
  • Managing conflicts during class discussions

Dates for Live Zoom Sessions in Fall 2022

Fridays from 10:30 am – Noon Pacific Time

  • August 26
  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18

Certificates of completion will be given to those who participate in at least six of the seven synchronous Zoom sessions.

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