One of the recent classroom ideas we really like is election panel discussions: Many schools are holding election- or issue-related panels or debates drawing on the expertise of faculty in different disciplines or outside experts such as staff from the League of Women Voters. Colleges normally hold these events during free hours, such as lunch or evening, but if they shift the panels to key class periods organizers can also ask relevant faculty to bring their classes to a large common room to participate, building a much wider audience. Organizers can give out information on voter turnout or last-minute voter registration, where appropriate, and faculty can reinforce the event by building lessons or assignments off of the content. Make sure to explore this option at your campus and the campuses you work with: It's powerful, flexible, low-cost, and easy to organize ... a truly bright idea!
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