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Upcoming Faculty Development Events (Late September, 2020 through early October, 2020)
Faculty Organizing in the Digital Age: Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:30p EST
Learn how faculty can elevate their voter education efforts by working with student groups, utilizing online tools, and prioritizing follow-through. Featuring Associate Professor Allison Rank of SUNY Oswego and Political Director Dan Xie of Student PIRGs.
STEM in the Election: Thursday, October 1, 3-4p ET
As a precursor to National Voter Education Week, Melissa Varga and Raena Garcia of the Union of Concerned Scientists to co-lead a webinar on how STEM faculty can promote voter engagement work in their courses.
A Role for Everyone: Multidisciplinary Faculty Engagement in Election 2020: Wednesday, October 7, 3-4p EST
Institute for Democracy and Higher Education director, Nancy Thomas to lead a webinar on Non-Partisan and Voter Education Engagement in the Classroom.
Going Public by
Call Number: Online
Publication Date: 2013-09-01
I Will Register and Vote, If You Teach Me How: A Field Experiment Testing Voter Registration in College Classrooms
Authors conducted a controlled experiment across 16 college campuses to test the efficacy of classroom presentations to increase voter registration...[and] found that ...presentations increased overall registration by 6 percentage points and turnout rates by approximately 2.6 percentage points.
Creating a Culture of Possibility: A Case for Engaged Pedagogy
How to teach young people about the grave ecological and social crises of our times without crushing their sense of possibility? The author has come to believe that the nature of these crises, together with a widespread weakening of civic and democratic culture, makes it irresponsible to teach young people about “the world as it is” without simultaneously giving them opportunities to develop capacities for collective agency.
Class Activities and Assignments
Talking About Elections In Your Classrooms
If you want students to vote, your best bet may be to facilitate classroom conversations that encourage their electoral participation. Here are some reasons why election-related conversations in your classroom matter—and suggestions on conducting them.
"Online toolkit that promotes the development of key information skills for democratic citizenship and features short videos, handouts, and activities that faculty across all disciplines can integrate into their courses and assignments."
National Issues Forum: Voting
Download a free guide with resources for facilitating discussion about safeguarding and improving elections.
Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers by Mike Caulfield
Open Source textbook (2017). Includes activities for lateral reading and evaluating sources.
Center for Civic Reflection
Online library of resources to support civic reflection, including articles, videos, discussion plans, and more!
Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines
Designed to help build faculty capacity to incorporate civic learning in major courses and programs, this publication provides a process, or set of prompts, faculty can use to define and explore the public purposes and civic inquiries embedded in their disciplines. Ideal for faculty development initiatives, teaching and learning centers, and anyone interested in providing faculty with the tools to embrace and implement effective civic learning.