Online Workshop Information 2023
Harvard Debate Council’s Summer Workshops
The Harvard Debate Council has been a pioneer in online debate education. We offered one of the first online evidence databases in the 1980s, HarvEx, and ran the premier online debate platform during the 1990s and 2000s, PlanetDebate. We have taught several foreign online debate classes. We are excited to build on last year’s online summer workshop to bring our students a first-class educational experience. We understand that everyone might be a little tired of online learning, but we have worked hard to build a dynamic, synchronous learning environment that will be stimulating, educational, and fun.
Steps to Prepare for the Online Workshop
In order to participate as seamlessly as possible in online courses, students will need the following:
Tablets and phones can be used as supplements, but students will need a fully functioning computer. We also recommend that students have a dedicated space for using a webcam where outside interruption can be minimized.
A hard-wired ethernet connection is ideal, but strong wifi can be used as well. One workaround is to use a wifi range extender with an ethernet port, which should provide increased connectivity.
Any basic option will work, but the microphone quality is the most important element. Many debaters prefer to use gamer headsets.
The policy program will require the use of Microsoft Word.