Title of Presentation

Incorporating Dialogue into One's Courses

About the Presenter(s)

Jason E. Combs, Principal Lecturer, Department of Communication, and Coordinator for the Dialogue Zone

Start Date

8-1-2021 11:00 AM

End Date

8-1-2021 11:45 AM

Abstract/Description

In this program, we will explore how instructors can incorporate dialogue into their courses. Dialogue has many benefits in a classroom. It allows students to develop a personalized understanding of course content, often in light of specific personal and social identities. It encourages a sense of agency and responsibility among participants in a world that often engenders passivity. It provides an opportunity for students to examine the controversies within a field of knowledge or social situation and supports the development of critical thinking skills as students figure out where they stand on key issues.

Since its launch, the Dialogue Zone has been gaining experience regarding the development and incorporation of dialogue as a course component. This interactive presentation will share what has been learned through this experience and will help participants to take some initial steps in developing their own dialogue components for current or future courses.

Goals for Attendees

Participants will gain an understanding of dialogue, learn about some of the ways in which dialogue has been incorporated into courses here at UD through the efforts of the Dialogue Zone, and take some initial steps in developing dialogue as a component in their own courses. Much of this experience has developed over the spring and fall semesters as the University has grappled with the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Incorporating Dialogue into One's Courses

In this program, we will explore how instructors can incorporate dialogue into their courses. Dialogue has many benefits in a classroom. It allows students to develop a personalized understanding of course content, often in light of specific personal and social identities. It encourages a sense of agency and responsibility among participants in a world that often engenders passivity. It provides an opportunity for students to examine the controversies within a field of knowledge or social situation and supports the development of critical thinking skills as students figure out where they stand on key issues.

Since its launch, the Dialogue Zone has been gaining experience regarding the development and incorporation of dialogue as a course component. This interactive presentation will share what has been learned through this experience and will help participants to take some initial steps in developing their own dialogue components for current or future courses.