Academic Ice Bucket Lesson Plan

Arthur Ward (Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State) teaches a unit on charitable giving in his ethics course and has come up with a way of doing so that gets the students really interested and involved:

I had heard of others doing some group work in class with this topic, asking students to research effective charities. It occurred to me that this was a great idea, but it would be made much more powerful if the students had real money to spend. If they have real money, they are truly making life and death decisions when they select charities – just the sort of thing to deeply engage them with the topic. Like all decent people, I give to charity every year. Why not give them MY money to spend?

He generously has made available his multi-day lesson plan for this, complete with readings, assignments, and in-class activities. And then there’s the video: 



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