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Conscientious Discussion and ThoughtSwap

Ended Dec 12, 2019
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Term: Fall 2019
Date: December 12th, 2019
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Torgersen 1050
Instructor: Deborah Tatar
Presented By: Technology Enhanced Learning & Online Learning (TLOS) & Professional Development Network (PDN)

Holding a discussion in a classroom setting, especially in a large one is a challenge in itself. Yet
the promise and the purpose of university education is to transform each student’s thinking in
ways that needs conscientious discourse, that is the student’s effort to practice internal
accountability while also listening and responding to other people. This is as true in many
aspects of STEM education and professional programs as in the liberal arts, especially when it
comes to topics such as ethics.

In this workshop, we will introduce and use ThoughtSwap, a webtool created at ThirdLab at
Virginia Tech, along with related pedagogies to increase participation and promote conscientious