By splitting students into three, distinct Late Roman Republic groups (Optimates, Populares, and Moderates), the instructor had students developed personas based on their assignments through the Twitter platform. Read more about Roman History through Twitter
This activity teaches skills in critical assessment of the peer-reviewed published literature. It focuses on analysis of clinical trials in mental health, but the principles and methods are readily generalizable to other scientific literature. The “Smackdown” approach represents an augmentation of the traditional “journal club” mode of teaching critical scientific reading skills.