"Powerful Learning Opportunities or Explosive Landmines? Effective Teaching Practice for Engaging Students with Difficult and Sensitive Topics" with Linda Isbell.
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An increasingly broad and diverse range of difficult and sensitive topics emerges in many of our classes – whether they are the focus of our courses or not. These can be powerful opportunities to engage students with important topics that promote deep learning that students will likely carry with them long after they leave our classrooms. However, they can also be dangerous landmines if we don’t navigate these opportunities carefully, as they have the power not only to create havoc in our classrooms, but also to trigger student disengagement and lasting harm.
In this interactive workshop, Linda Isbell will discuss effective teaching practices for engaging students with difficult and sensitive topics. She will draw on best practices in teaching as well as vivid lessons learned from her own failures and successes navigating these topics in her classes, including both large lectures and small seminars. Session participants will be invited to share their own experiences, strategies, and questions as a basis for discussion, brain-storming, problem-solving, and building confidence to take on the challenges of difficult and sensitive topics head-on.
Learn best practices for effectively engaging students with difficult and sensitive topics in both large lecture classes and small seminars.
Explore concrete strategies and tools that instructors can integrate into their classes now to promote powerful student engagement and learning.
The Diversity Lunch & Learn sessions are open to any instructor on our campus (full- and part-time faculty, post-docs, graduate teaching assistants). They are part of CTL’s Teaching & Diversity Professional Development series. For more information, contact Kirsten Helmer or see the Diversity Lunch & Learn page.
Linda M. Isbell, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and the head of the Social Psychology Program. She has taught a range of courses, all of which involve difficult and sensitive topics, including Social Psychology, Stigma and Mental Illness, and Political Psychology. She was a Lilly Teaching Fellow, and is the recipient of the College Outstanding Teaching Award, the University Distinguished Teaching Award, and the Manning Prize for Excellence in Teaching.