How it works

Argutopia is a digital platform for incorporating debating into any classroom. Grounded in established cognitive science, Argutopia has a number of unique features to help Instructors design, schedule, execute and evaluate debates.

Feel free to take a deep dive into our documentation for more details.

 Choose from over 100 debate kits to get your students debating immediately, including current controversies and discipline-specific subjects 

Support for live, in-person debates and asynchronous, threaded video debates (think FlipGrid) that minimize required classroom time
 

Automated assignment creation, including custom format design, student placement in debater and judge roles and arranging due dates 

 Structured audience deliberation designed to maximize the metacognitive value of debates for participants beyond the primary debaters 

At the heart of Argutopia is our dynamic spatial model of controversy makes students’ exchange of arguments more predictable and productive

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Argutopia's model makes debate easy

The dynamic model structures students’ debate experience in three phases.  You can use Argutopia to build assignments that include one, two or all three phases:

Before the debate

Before the debate begins, the model illustrates the points of controversy for which debaters prepare their arguments.

Debaters may build their own arguments for their side and anticipate the arguments (and their response to the arguments) their opponents may make. Once the arguments are added to the model, debaters can switch to the text view to access an outline for their speeches.

During the debate

During the debate, both audience members and debaters can record the arguments exchanged directly on the model. Each participant--debaters and audience members--has their own unique model that reflects their interpretation of the debate.

Participants may also adjust the area allocated to each side and issue to reflect their perception of the strength of arguments and the significant of each issue.

After the debate

Once the debate concludes, students may be assigned to judge the debate, using the model to illustrate their reasons for their decision.

Student judges may submit individual models reflecting their own perceptions and can work in groups to deliberate and reach consensus about a collaborative rendering of the debate's model.

Deliberating about their perceptions of the arguments exchanged promotes students' metacognition and deep reflection on course content.