Lower Division Oral and Written Communication

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Related Critical Thinking Skills Course

Conflict Resolution Forum

Assignment

(Oral Presentations)

GROUPS:

 

Arbitrators (4representatives)

Special Community A (4 representatives)

Special Community B (4 representatives)

Global Community (12 members)

 

FORMAT:

 

         Arbitrators select a Moderator (Speaker 1) who provides an overview of the deliberative context. This speaker provides a history of the conflict and outlines goals of the forum (to which all participants have agreed in advance). The speaker also provides an overview ofguidelinesfor interaction. (10 minutes)

         One ofCommunity Aís Representatives (Speaker 2) provides an overview ofCommunity Aís most significantconcerns(7 minutes).

         Speaker 2 responds to global community questions (3 minutes).

         One ofCommunity BísRepresentatives (Speaker 3) responds to Speaker 2ís presentation (5 minutes).

         Speaker 3 responds to global community questions (3 minutes).

         Arbitrators select a representative (Speaker 4) to provide a thoughtful summary and analysis ofSpeaker 2 and Speakerís 3ís presentations, including an overview of the question and answer sessions (5minutes).

         One of Community Bís Representatives (Speaker 5)introduces Community Bís most significant concerns. (7 minutes).

         Speaker 5 responds to global community questions (3 minutes).

         One of Community Aís Representatives (Speaker 6) responds to Speaker 6ís presentation (5 minutes).

         Speaker 6 responds to global community questions (3 minutes).

         Arbitrators select a representative (Speaker 7) toprovidethoughtful summaries and analyses ofSpeaker 5 and 6ís presentations, including an overview of the question and answer sessions (5 minutes)

         BREAK (groups convene among themselves to prepare for remainder ofthe forum)(7 min.)

         One of Community Bís Representatives (Speaker 8) provides an overview of the groupís perspective in light of the forum (5 minutes)

         One of Community Aís Representatives (Speaker 9) responds to Speaker 8ís presentations (5 minutes)

         One ofCommunity Aís representatives (Speaker 10) provides a summary of his or her groupís perspective (in light of the forum). (5 minutes)

         One of Community Bís representatives (Speaker 11) responds to Speaker 10ís presentation (5 minutes)

         Arbitrators select a representative (Speaker 12) to provide a summary, addressing the following questions:What have we learned as a result of the forum?What are the key issues? What are the key barriers to resolution of the conflict?What resources are available to resolve the conflict? How should we proceed? (10 minutes)

 

Speaker Responsibilities:

 

Speaker 1: The Moderator (Arbitrator Rep):Provides an overview of the deliberative context. This speaker offers a brief history of the conflict and outlines shared goals for the forum. During this presentation, the Moderator is expected to make clear why the conflict matters, as well as guidelines for interaction.

 

Speaker 2 (Community A Rep):Thispresenter is expected to clearly articulate Special Community Aís primary concerns. Speaker 2 is responsible for offering a clear articulation of the groupís perspective, facilitating understanding of their point of view.During the presentation and question and answer period, the speaker is expected to anticipate and address othersí concerns.Anticipation ofSpeaker 3ísperspective is especially important during this presentation. The speaker is also expected to respond thoughtfully to audience questions.

 

Speaker 3 (Community B Rep):Thispresenteris expected to respond thoughtfully to Speaker 2ís presentation. Speaker 3 is responsible fordemonstrating understanding of the point of view represented by Speaker 2. Speaker 3 is also expected to respond directly and thoughtfully to Speaker 2ís perspective, providing strong, relevant and comprehensive support for his or her key claims. During this presentation, the speaker is expected to anticipate and address key concerns likely to arise within the global community (in response to the speakerís perspective). The speaker is also expected to respond thoughtfully to audience questions.

 

Speaker 4 (Arbitrator):Thispresenter is responsible for providing a clear, concise, and articulate overview and analysis of the previous presentations and question and answer sessions. The speaker is expected to attend thoughtfully to observations and concerns raised during all aspects of the forum. During this presentation, the speaker is expected to anticipate and address key concerns (including those of both special communities, as well as those of the global community revealed during audience questioning).

 

Speaker 5 (Community B Rep):Thispresenter is expected to clearly articulate and to provide a thoughtful presentation of Special Community Bís primary concerns. Speaker 5is responsible for offering a clear articulation of the groupís perspective, facilitating understanding of their point of view.During the presentation and question and answer period, the speaker is expected to anticipate and address othersí concerns. Anticipation ofSpeaker 6ís perspective is especially important during this presentation. The speaker is also expected to respond thoughtfully to audience questions.

 

Speaker 6 (Community A Rep):Thispresenteris expected to respond thoughtfully to Speaker 5ís presentation. Speaker 6 is responsible for responding directly and thoughtfully to Speaker 5ís perspective, and for providing strong, relevant and comprehensive support for his or her claims. During this presentation, the speaker is expected to anticipate and address concerns likely to arise within the global community (in response to the speakerís perspective). The speaker is also expected to respond thoughtfully to audience questions.

 

 

Speaker 7 (Arbitrator Rep):Thispresenter is responsible for providing a clear, concise, and articulate overview and analysis of Speaker 5 & 6ís presentations and question and answer sessions. The speaker is expected to attend thoughtfully to observations and concerns raised during all aspects of the forum. During this presentation, the speaker is expected to anticipate and address key concerns (including those of the previous speakers, as well as those revealed during audience questioning).

 

Speaker 8 (Community B Rep):Thispresenter is responsible for providing a clear, concise, articulate, and thoughtful summary of Community Bís perspective in light of the forum. The speaker is expected to attend thoughtfully to all majorinsights presented and concerns raised during all aspects of the forum (including ďformalĒ presentations, as well as question and answer periods).

 

Speaker 9 (Community A Rep):Thispresenter is responsible for responding thoughtfully to Speaker 8. The speaker is expected to attend thoughtfully to allmajorinsights presented and concerns raised during all aspects of the forum (including ďformalĒ presentations, as well as question and answer periods).

 

Speaker 10 (Community A Rep):Thispresenter is responsible for providing a clear, concise, articulate, and thoughtful summary of Community Aís perspective in light of the forum. The speaker is expected to attend thoughtfully to all majorinsights presented and concerns raised during all aspects of the forum (including ďformalĒ presentations, as well as question and answer periods).

 

Speaker 11 (Community B Rep):Thispresenter is responsible for responding thoughtfully to Speaker 10. The speaker is expected to attend thoughtfully to allmajorinsights presented and concerns raised during all aspects of the forum (including ďformalĒ presentations, as well as question and answer periods).

 

Speaker 12 (Arbitrator Rep):This presenter is expected to provide a thoughtful summary of all previous presentations. The speaker is responsible for addressing the following questions:what have we learned as a result of the forum?What are the key issues?What are the key barriers to resolution of the conflict?What resources are available to resolve the conflict?How should we proceed?

 

NOTE RE:Audience Question Periods:Theseperiods should be used to gain understanding and insight. Speakers are expected to respond thoughtfully to each question, illuminating areas of concern, and responding to the audienceís informational needs. Respondents should use this opportunity to foster deepened understandingof relevant perspectives and issues. Responses should be respectful, thoughtful, concise, and clear, and respondents should avoid needlessly prolonged answers. As a result ofcross examination, global community members gain deeper understanding and insight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteriaforoverall†† performance assessment:

 

1.       To what degree did each speaker fulfill his or her responsibilities?

2.       Were the presentations clear, concise, easy to comprehend?

3.       To what extent did speakers show sensitivity to the audienceís concerns?

4.       How effectively did each speaker respond to opposing arguments presented during the debate?

5.       To what extent did presenters demonstrate relational accountability throughout their participation?

6.       To what extent didpresenters demonstrate awareness of the role of standpoint?

7.       To what extent did presenters demonstrate thoughtful consideration of multiple perspectives?

8.       To what extent did presenters demonstrate attentive and non-defensive listening abilities?

9.       To what extent did presenters facilitate non-defensive listening and conflict resolution?

10.   How effectively did presentations contribute to fulfillment of the forumís goals (as presented by the moderator)?

 

SpecializedCriteria for Performance Assessment:

Moderator:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills Moderatorís responsibilities

         Clearly articulates key areas of controversy

         Provides a concise and thoughtful history of the conflict

         Provides a thoughtful overview of why the relevant issues are important

         Provides a coherent and concise overview of relevant commonplaces

         Identifies and clearly articulates definitions of key terms

         Fosters balanced partiality, critical reflection, and relational accountability among participants

         Demonstrates relational accountability

         Demonstrates empathic, content, and critical listening skills

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

Speakers 2 & 5:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills Speaker responsibilities

         Clearly articulates the groupís primary concerns

         Recognizes and taps relevant commonplaces

         Provides strong, relevant, and comprehensive support for central claims

         Makes effective use of available resources

         Anticipates and addresses othersí perspective

         Demonstrates empathic, content, and criticallistening skills

         Demonstrates relational accountability

         Develops logically coherent and consistent arguments

         Responds effectively to audience questions

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

Speakers 3 & 6:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills Speakerís responsibilities

         Recognizes and taps relevant commonplaces

         Responds directly to previous speakerís key claims

         Makes effective use of available resources

         Demonstrates empathic , content, and criticallistening skills

         Demonstrates relational accountability

         Develops logically coherent and consistent arguments

         Responds effectively to audience questions

         Contributes significantly to audience deliberations

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

 

Speakers 4 & 7:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills all publishedresponsibilities for the presenters

         Makes effective use of available resources

         Identifies and summarizes key points of controversy

         Identifies and summarizes assumptions shared by previous presenters

         Succinctly summarizes each of the presentersí perspectives

         Provides thoughtful analyses of previous presentations

         Demonstrates empathic , content, and critical listening skills

         Demonstrates relational accountability

         Contributes significantly to audience deliberations

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

 

Speakers 8 & 10:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills Speaker responsibilities

         Effectively summaries the groupís primary concerns (in responses to the forum)

         Recognizes and taps relevant commonplaces

         Provides strong, relevant, and comprehensive support for central claims

         Makes effective use of available resources

         Anticipates and addresses othersí perspective

         Demonstrates empathic, content, and criticallistening skills

         Demonstrates relational accountability

         Develops logically coherent and consistent arguments

         Contributes significantly to fulfillment of the forumís goals articulated by the Moderator

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

 

 

Speakers 9 & 11:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills Speaker responsibilities

         Responds thoughtfully to previous speakeríspresentation

         Recognizes and taps relevant commonplaces

         Provides strong, relevant, and comprehensive support for central claims

         Makes effective use of available resources

         Anticipates and addresses othersí perspective

         Demonstrates empathic, content, and criticallistening skills

         Demonstrates relational accountability

         Develops logically coherent and consistent arguments

         Contributes significantly to fulfillment ofgoals articulated by the Moderator

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

 

Speaker 12:

         Connects well with the audience

         Sustains audience attention

         Fulfills Speakerresponsibilities

         Effectively summaries key areas of controversy

         Effectively taps commonplaces

         Provides a thoughtful overview of key barriers to resolution of the conflict

         Effectively explores resources available

         Fosters balanced partiality, critical reflection, and relational accountability among participants

         Demonstrates empathic, content, and critical listening skills

         Offers a creative, deeply thoughtful overview of how we should proceed

         Makes effective use of speaking time

         Utilizes appropriate language conventions

 

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