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Perspectives for Faculty & Staff

A blended learning program that distills rigorous behavioral science research into practical skills that help improve communication, collaboration, and openness to diverse perspectives.


The Benefits

Our blended learning program, Perspectives, tailored for faculty and staff, imparts research-supported skills and attitudes for effective dialogue. It provides tools applicable across many contexts – relationships with colleagues, students, and personal life. Participants who enhance their skills through Perspectives can help bridge campus divides, facilitate collaboration amidst differences, and nurture a conflict-resilient environment of curiosity, openness, and confidence.

Our research with adult learners shows that Perspectives improves participants':

  • Ability to discern the limitations of their own knowledge 
  • Attitudes towards individuals with differing beliefs (marked by reduced animosity and increased warmth)
  • Nuanced thinking about potentially divisive issues
  • Openness to diverse viewpoints

Key Features

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    Interactive Lessons

    Lessons take approx. 30 minutes to complete. Assign our full six-lesson program or choose one of our shorter learning tracks.

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    Conversation Guides

    Our three 30-min optional peer-to-peer conversation guides allow colleagues to build connections and practice skills in a live setting.

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    Perspectives includes optional graded quizzes. Campus leaders can easily track the progress of their teams and quiz scores from the dashboard.

Content Overview

Lesson 1 covers foundational concepts from psychology about how we process information, cognitive biases we are prone to, and how this can lead to disagreements.

Lesson 2 explores the psychology of where our differences in values and worldviews come from. It offers frameworks for better understanding opposing views.

Lesson 3 teaches the first two CDI principles of constructive dialogue: letting go of winning and asking questions to understand.

Lesson 4 describes how to put CDI’s third principle of constructive dialogue into practice – sharing your story and inviting others to do the same.

Lesson 5 introduces students to the fourth principle of constructive dialogue – make yourself and others feel heard – as a way to help navigate conflict.

Lesson 6 explains the importance of the fifth principle for constructive dialogue: find what’s shared.

Learning Tracks

You can choose to use the full six-lesson program or select a learning track based on the outcomes you'd like to achieve in your campus workplace.

Learning Track 1: The Inner Workings of Our Minds

The first learning track covers lessons 1 and 2 of Perspectives. It helps participants foster the mindsets needed to engage in constructive dialogue. Participants will learn about how their brains process information and how people form their values and beliefs. It includes 1 peer-to-peer conversation guide and a final quiz.


Learning Track 2: Constructive Dialogue Skills

The second learning track covers lessons 3-6 of Perspectives. It focuses on the skills needed to engage in constructive dialogue. Participants will learn and practice the five principles of constructive dialogue: let go of winning; ask questions for understanding; tell stories and invite others to do the same; make yourself and others feel heard; when possible, find what’s shared. It includes 2 peer-to-peer conversation guides and a final quiz.


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