A blended learning program that distills rigorous behavioral science research into practical skills that help improve students' communication, sense of belonging, and openness to diverse perspectives. Anyone can use the program, but we make Perspectives free to educators and their students.
What to Expect
Perspectives guides students through an exploration of the inner workings of the mind and the psychological roots of our ideological differences. After gaining a better understanding of themselves and others, students learn skills to engage constructively across differences.
Students who complete Perspectives show improvement in:
- The ability to recognize the limits of their own knowledge
- Critical thinking
- Conflict resolution skills
- Openness to diverse perspectives
Lessons take approx. 30 minutes to complete. Assign our full six-lesson program as homework, or choose one of our shorter learning tracks.
Our three 30-min optional peer-to-peer conversation guides allow students to build connections and practice skills in a live setting.
Perspectives includes optional graded quizzes. You can easily track student progress and quiz scores from the Instructor Dashboard.
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.
You can choose to use the full six-lesson program or select a learning track based on the outcomes you'd like to achieve.
Learning Track 1: The Inner Workings of Our Minds
The first learning track covers lessons 1 and 2 of Perspectives. It helps learners foster the mindsets needed to engage in constructive dialogue. Students 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. Students 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.
Begin using Perspectives for free.