What to expect in this course

This course is a fly-on-the-wall opportunity to participate in the teaching sections of a research camp. It wasn't filmed "for an online course," but was valuable content to the students involved and therefore found its way here. Proceed at your own risk :)


Original Camp Description Below:


The debate camp at a computer like you've never had!


Seize the opportunity of remote work to master the one thing that’s hard to pull off at in-person debate camps: research skills. It’s a challenging topic since most volunteer coaches have never made a debate brief.


You'll learn from a research pro who transferred debate research/sourcebook skills into intelligence analysis and business. Isaiah will teach you to mindmap, use journals, track the schools of thought on a topic, choose one, and spend an entire year (and lifetime henceforth) at a deeper level in the research.


The format is: Isaiah lays research foundation like you’ve never seen before, then launches students on assignments. Independent students work on their own. Club students work with their club. We’ve made Discord (it’s like Slack) channels available for anyone who wants.


Coach Laurie is leading her Mars Hill club through this and also putting on a killer debate camp the other half of this week—with guest speakers, experts, Dr. Farris, and so on. You can choose either or both!




Some Helpful Resources from Times Past


These links will give you a sense of the level of depth to expect from Isaiah.


1. Example rounds, briefs, case studies


2. The huge list of skills you learn from debate (and mindmap)


3. Getting started with a new debate topic


4. 1980s debate theory is not "traditional"


5. Use goalsheets to improve like a professional


6. Several free resources Isaiah made for coaches

Goals for the primary lessons.

Research Foundations 1 with Isaiah McPeak

  • Research Foundations: Get to the Bottom of a New Topic
  • Research like an intel analyst for decisionmakers
  • Wide net, synthesis, conclusions, recommenations
  • Create your mindmap
  • Set up your browser for intense research
  • Create AFF, NEG, GEN files and headings
  • Start a better keyword glossary
  • Start a contextual definitions file
  • Find the schools of thought
  • Using conference talks to backtrack
  • Start listing major THEMES, PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS
  • Identify the START of a school of thought
  • Track its progression, stave off rabbit trails

Assignment from Camp (that you should mimic):

  • Identify all schools of thought
  • Build out your mindmap for at least 3 schools of thought
  • Save compelling research you find on the way"

Research Foundations 2 with Isaiah McPeak

  • Primary/Secondary/Tertiary sources
  • Using Journals / Lexis / SSRN
  • Research Fallacies and Arguments
  • Choosing a school of thought for each side
  • Don’t violate your moral compass on the topic

Everything else: all the other talks and videos help apply what happened in these two research foundations lessons.