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    An online debate center focused on expanding access to competitive debate.
  1. Hi Akash! Please feel free to email us with any questions you may have, no big deal: access@accessdebate.com I cannot speak to Digital Debate Camp because I have not worked or attended it and have no knowledge of their inner-workings. They have been at it for a few years, so if it appeals to you, I'd encourage it. Access Debate Camp is brand new, which can be nerve-wracking because there isn't anyone to vouch for it or give you insider details. It's also incredibly fun as we're not beholden to regular camp formats and can play around with new ideas. I will say that we are trying to be available and instructive for any debate style (whether conversational vs. fast-paced, traditional policy vs. kritik, etc.). We are trying to think of our camp more as a 2 or 3 week camp that is extended over 6 weeks so that students can learn at their own pace and work around personal schedules. I'm sure there will be a lot of learning on our part this summer, but I undertook this venture because it is something I needed and would've loved as a high school debater. I only want as many folks to have access to debate camp as possible! Best, Chris Crowe
  2. Hello again! We've started filming our demonstration debate series with some of our evidence set that we're really excited about. The debates will be available to everyone that registers for Access Debate Camp. On their own, they will be incredible learning tools, but we will also be diving deeper into how to construct speeches, "dos and don'ts," complex discussions on what counts as an argument, etc. Every season, folks are on the lookout for good demonstration debates. We are trying to design some that are not just afterthoughts, but constructed for an online audience with many accompanying learning experiments. Using some of the advantages of online learning (mostly, that anyone can participate even if they are thousands of miles apart), you get to see debates composed of incredible debaters not likely to be seen at other debate camps. The affirmative team is Andrew Markoff (Georgetown) & Kaavya Ramesh (Michigan State). The negative team is Melvin Washington (Wake Forest) & Ellis Allen (Michigan). You can read more about how awesome they are on our faculty page. As always, please contact us with any questions, Facebook Twitter access@accessdebate.com
  3. Hello All, Whether you're at the TOC, beginning another week of school, or just generally unable to move due to the sheer excitement of summer's approach, I hope it is treating you well! Summer camp decisions are fast-approaching. I wanted to relay information about some of our newest members of our already incredible faculty: Derek Liles is the Programming Coordinator for the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance, an organization that makes debate possible for over 600 students in Dallas each year. A Dallas native, he debated at Dallas Jesuit before attending college at the University of Texas San Antonio. Under the tutelage of Chris Crowe, he broke to elimination rounds at the NDT and received 9th speaker at CEDA in his senior year. After graduating, he returned home to work for Dallas Urban Debate, where he recruits schools, writes curriculum, runs tournaments, and (among the myriad other duties of running an urban debate league) works on each year's Core Files. This year, he is returning to produce a comprehensive set of Core Files tailored to the need of several urban debate leagues, including Boston, Minnesota, and Dallas. Gabe Murillo is the head coach and director of recruiting for the Shannon Self Debate Program at the University of Oklahoma. At OU Gabe has helped coach the 2010 & 2012 Cross-Examination Debate Association National Champions, 2013 & 2014 National Debate Tournament Semifinalists and the top speaker at the 2014 NDT & 2010 CEDA Nationals. Gabe debated for Wayne State University where he was a National Debate Tournament semifinalist in 2006 & 2007 and a CEDA semifinalist in 2007. Gabe was top speaker at the 2007 NDT. This is Gabe's 14th year teaching at summer debate camps. He has previously taught at Berkeley, Georgetown, Michigan State, Kansas and the XDI. Dr. Tiara Na'puti is an incoming Assistant Professor for the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Na'puti is a rhetorician whose research interests include indigenous cultural discourses, resistance, social movements, globalization, and postcolonial theory. Dr. Na'puti is a former debate coach at the University of Texas, where she coached many successful teams and also administered UT Bilingual Debate - a grant project for Spanish/English debate in Texas. Dr. Na'puti is a Chamorro scholar whose interest in Oceania stems from a social justice and activist-oriented concern for sovereignty and environmental issues related to Guam and the broader Pacific Islander community. During Access Debate camp, she will be in Guam helping to connect students to these issues.
  4. The lectures will be generally available to all subscribers, and while the full registration students will have a schedule to follow along with others, they can be watched by any subscriber at any time.
  5. Access Debate Camp will share many similarities with traditional debate camps. We will have lectures, "lab" research groups, practice speeches, practice debates and tournament debates. The main differences are: The lectures are designed for an online audience (unlike current lecture videos that are designed for a live audience and just happened to be recorded). at many traditional camps, you work with two or three main lab leaders for the duration of camp, with the other faculty members sprinkled in. ADC has a "shared economy" vision for learning, whereby you will hopefully learn more spread out through many people. Scheduling: traditional camps are basically 12 hour days, minimum. ADC is designed with the working student in mind, where you can digest much of the material at your own pace. You will get the most out of your average week by putting 15+ hours of ADC work. Some days you might have as many as five hours to put aside for debate, some days maybe zero. As with most everything, you'll get what you put into it and virtually every degree of involvement can be accommodated. Recorded debates: we will have a few debates that continue, piece by piece, over many days, which takes the live element out of the equation, but helps build the "perfect" speech. You will also have more opportunities to see yourself debate through these videos. It's super cheap. You could enter many tournaments during the season with the difference in cost. Those are just some of the differences. Our main goal is to not sacrifice anything you may learn at a traditional debate camp, while building in advantages to an online learning model.
  6. You can now register for Access Debate Camp at http://accessdebate.com/registration/ We've also added more faculty information pages and a Frequently Asked Questions page. If you'd like anything addressed in the FAQ, you can email us or let us know here!
  7. Happy Easter! We are continually updating the faculty page if you're interested in checking it out: www.accessdebate.com/adcfaculty/
  8. Hello All, I wanted to point folks that might be interested to a new online policy debate camp this summer. Access Debate Camp is designed to be an alternative camp experience for those that can't afford the higher priced camps or need more flexible camp scheduling this summer. All levels of debate experience are welcome. Please note that nothing has been spared in terms of faculty and instruction. In fact, an advantage to our model is that you have the opportunity to learn from a much wider range of debate minds than ever before. Some of this year's faculty include: Ellis Allen - University of Michigan David Cram Helwich - University of Minnesota Chris Crowe - University of California Berkeley Mike Davis - James Madison University Paul Johnson - University of Pittsburgh Derek Liles - Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Chris Loghry - Emporia State University Andrew Markoff - Georgetown University Nick Miller - Emory University Kaavya Ramesh - Michigan State University Nicole Wanzer-Serrano - Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Melvin Washington - Wake Forest University Our goal is to replicate the live camp experience and also benefit from the advantages that an online model offers. Your attendance will get you a lecture series designed for an online audience (not merely video-taped from a live audience), an evidence set and any evidence produced at ADC, and 10+ full practice debates with a wide range of judges and input, in addition to practice speeches and online lab discussions. We have many more interesting and innovative ideas in store! Access Debate Camp will primarily run through the PaDS interface available at www.paperlessdebate.com, offering the opportunity to work with paperless debate software that you're likely to encounter throughout your debate career. We will be updating the website for registration soon and adding faculty. Dates: June 23 - August 2 Price: $300 for the full camp experience, $150 for just the lecture series and evidence (no debates). Feel free to ask any questions here, or to contact us through the website at www.accessdebate.com An easy way to receive updates from us is to "like" us on Facebook or follow along on twitter - https://www.facebook.com/accessdebate @accessdebate
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