Do you want to give your students the opportunity to discuss challenging ethical issues whilst avoiding face-to-face peer pressure? Chatterbox, an online discussion tool offers that possibility.
Chatterbox is an online version of the ‘Human Continuum’, an established cooperative/cognitive learning strategy which requires students to respond to an ethical question (e.g. is it right to feed seagulls) by identifying and committing to a position along a virtual continuum, listening to alternative positions and reconsidering their view in response. The virtual continuum can be focused around any issue. Chatterbox was developed as part of an Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) grant. This tool can be used to introduce students to a wide range of views on ethical issues and can demonstrate how complex and challenging it can be to make decisions on these issues.
Chatterbox is currently being used by academics in the Veterinary Schools in Australia and New Zealand to engage veterinary science students in discussions about ethical dilemmas they are likely to encounter when they begin practice. Although the application was developed with these students in mind it has the potential to be used in a range of disciplines.
If you want to find out more about this application and how to use it in your teaching please join us from 1-2pm on Monday, 26 September in New Law School Annex Seminar Room 344.Click here to enrol