Challenging Conversations


This short course is designed to provide instructors with the opportunity to learn how to facilitate challenging conversations in classes and with individual students, and how to create space for doing both. Participants will see examples of and engage in challenging conversations to practice the skills learned through this course.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Reflect on their own perspective and worldview, and the possible perspectives and worldviews of others. 
  2. Demonstrate effective listening and feedback skills. 
  3. Engage in purposeful storytelling with others. 
  4. Demonstrate skills for facilitating and de-escalating difficult conversations. 

Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Connections: 

  • 1.2.1  -I reflect on personal power and position, and develop strategies for power sharing and choices for students.
  • 1.2.2  -I value perspectives and worldviews different than my own.
  • 1.3.1  -I use strategies to encourage and foster open and healthy dialogue among my students.
  • 1.3.2  -I purposefully select and use strategies to communicate inclusively and responsively with my students.

Timing: 4 Sessions (80mins each)


 Next offering starts: October 5, 2023

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