by Elizabeth Childs.  

Hello Everyone – happy Tuesday May 25th!

Many thanks for an engaging and thought provoking debate! Both sides presented a solid effort to defend (and justify) their positions and the Scrum was well used by all to further reinforce said positions and offer additional support and backing. Well done! 

To the Judgment team, many thanks for an equally thoughtful and well supported judgment offered with care and a generosity of spirit. The Judgment position is always a tricky one to be in but your focus on the strength of the argument for/against the debate statement held you in good stead. 

For those who might be interested, I thought it might be useful for me to unpack a bit of the pedagogy behind having the judgement role be a "team" in the class through the lens of the overall competencies and skills that underpin the MALAT program. Throughout the program each course, in its activities and assignments, provides opportunities for students to build their skills critical analysis and being able to engage in critical discourse in a positive and meaningful manner. Having to read a written work and provide constructive feedback and comment (in this case via the judgement in the debate) in a way that demonstrates you can support your position with evidence, is a way to work towards meeting this overall program learning outcome.

Given that the judgement role and ultimate decision is not part of the overall debate assessment (I.e. the judgement teams decision does not determine the grade of other students), having a team take on the judgement role enables them to experience and practice what it is like to critically review a work (which can be an intimidating thing to do ;) from that standpoint and in a safe environment. Other ways to achieve this (in terms of instructional strategies) include doing a "critique"; conducting a peer review of another's work etc. You will experience a variety of these as you move through the program and continue to develop your skills at engaging in critical discourse.

All in all, I thought it was a very good debate folks and I do hope that you have found it useful in stretching your thinking in a variety of ways. It is one of those topic areas that will continue to surface for some time so being able to examine it from a variety of perspectives is so helpful as you build your own "internal" response to the debate provocation.  I look forward to going in and provide each team with feedback and assessment against the assignment rubric over this coming week. To do that, I will be compiling your sub-teams post (initial or rebuttal) as well as all of the Scrum posts made by your sub-teams. I will assess against the debate rubric in the course and will provide you with feedback and comments. I will endeavor to get these back to you by the end of the week if not sooner. I will be uploading them to Moodle and you should be notified when it “arrives” ;)

I know from past experience that there may be a few of you that would like to talk further - either to debrief the debate experience itself or to pick up on a nugget or two that has left you pondering ;) To that end, we have the following three ways to do that:


·       Debate Debrief discussion forum in Moodle which many of you have been in over the past few days and have generated a great discussion.

·       Collaborate session scheduled for May 26th from 12 noon – 1pm Pacific time. This is a chance for a bit of a check in, touch on the debate and then focus on Unit 4 and the briefing note assignment. Don't panic if you are not able to join in live, it will be recorded but if you can make it at all that would be great as it helps us all to connect more deeply.

·       Meeting with your team and Julia, our MALAT team coach Julia May 24 – May 30th to debrief on team process with your team with an eye towards examining what worked for you in your team, what could be improved on in your next team work, and what areas would be ones to focus on as you set up in new teams in LRNT 522. You can book your team debrief with Julia here. She has also shared a wealth of information on working effectively in teams at the graduate level in the Team Resources folder in our Moodle Companion shell.


I also encourage you to continue to reflect, discuss and share your musings and sense making in whatever way works for you -  a post on your blog; starting a new thread in the debate forum; sharing through your networks etc.


Okay, I think that about wraps up the debate from my end everyone! Take a deep breath and be sure to revel in the post-debate experience and then, begin to dig into Unit 4 ;)


Have a great day all and we will speak soon.