For some time, I have been a member of the Cambridge Union Society, the oldest student debating society in the world. In addition to serving the Union as a returning officer and general volunteer over the years, I also have played a small role as a debate judge in intervarsity and schools competitions. I also
As part of an experiment in rhetoric and competetive debate, I did a design projects mapping out the rhetoric of competetive debate.
The aim was to develop:
- A notation which could improve the quality and speed of scoring English Union style debate
- An instructional aid for debaters to describe, share, and discuss possible debate approaches to well-known motions
- A Fill-In-The-Blank form with which students could test their arguments
- A means for organising debate portfolio research
Here is a screenshot from one of the details: