I am starting a new unit in my reading and composition class next week. We have read some articles and listened to some speeches about immigration reform. Now I am going to ask students to take a position on Obama’s Executive Order — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
I’d like to get a discussion/debate/brainstorm going online — reasons to support or oppose the Order, refutation or concessions of oppositional points, questions for clarification, possible theses and qualifications, links to some relevant sources, etc.
I have used bSpace Forums (UC Berkeley’s course management system’s discussion tool) in the past, but this tool is a bit clunky and a bit too linear to allow for a true brainstorm.
Suggestions so far from colleagues: Piazza and Mindmeister. Has anyone used these tools for a purpose similar to the one I describe above? Has anyone used a different tool? Suggestions?