Lesson 2.8

Effectively Moderating Debate & Discourse

Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key concepts below:


Key Concepts:


A debate moderator (or responsible debater)’s job is to make sure the following happens:

  • Make sure everyone in the debate fully participates. (Or else why did you invite them?)

  • Gently enforce the rules of good debate (see Lesson 2.6).

  • Gently call out derailing behavior—from topic-switching to fallacies to rhetorical tricks—and reset the debate.

    • We’ll go over these kinds of behaviors in the next few lessons.

The #1 thing to look out for in a good debate is when things start to get personal. We’ll practice dealing with that first!