There are few aspects of a college student's life that can become more redundant than the online discussion board. Students are typically asked to post an initial response to a reading or sometimes a video, and then to post two responses to the posts of other classmates. Oftentimes, students end up regurgitating and remixing what other students have already stated in a way that is almost laughable. But sometimes, the online discussion board can be a real gem that prompts students to engage in a real discussion that makes them interact with the discussion material differently and/or understand it more expansively than they would have otherwise. Such was the case in one of my last grad school courses when we were asked to post responses to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's brilliant Ted Talk on "The danger of a single story". Read on for the rest.
Not only were we blown away by Adichie's insight, but it broke the fourth wall among my cohort members and caused them to share the "single story" that people believed about them. At a time where our nation, and the world, seems to grow more divided daily, I think this talk reminds us to listen with the intention of understanding another person, even if we may never agree. Check out her talk, it's amazing! And check out these memes about college discussions and tell me this is not the absolute truth LoL! Enjoy both. Love you all!