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How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning?

How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning?

Focused, energizing classroom discussions that involve everyone are what higher education instructors dream of. Too bad they don’t just happen. But you can learn the careful planning and structuring it takes to make them happen. We show you how to structure and plan classroom discussions to maximize student engagement, student participation, and learning.

Structure and plan classroom discussion

Focused, energizing classroom discussions that involve everyone are what higher education instructors dream of. Too bad they don’t just happen.

But you can learn the careful planning and structuring it takes to make them happen in How Can I Use Discussion to Facilitate Learning?a Magna 20-Minute Mentor.

This fast and focused video seminar will show you how to structure and plan classroom discussions to maximize student engagement, student participation, and learning.

Classroom norms that hinder discussion … and how to avoid them

Presenter Jay Howard, a widely published author and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Butler University, reveals classroom norms that inhibit discussion:

  1. The norm of civil attitudes – which says it’s OK if students only look like they’re paying attention
  2. The norm of the consolidation of responsibility – which says that no matter how large your class, five to seven students will do most of the talking

You’ll learn proven teaching strategies to avoid these hazards and increase student engagement and student participation by:

  • Changing routines for the first day of class
  • Rewarding and reinforcing the participation you want
  • Using small student-discussion groups

Learning goals

After completing this grading and feedback focused program, you’ll be able to:

  • Recognize when classroom norms limit student engagement and participation
  • Access new pedagogical tools to engage students in classroom discussion
  • Implement new teaching strategies to increase the quality and focus of classroom discussion

Top educational value

Research has documented the benefits of classroom discussion, including:

  • Increased learning
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Greater ownership of their learning experience
  • More fun

Campus access

Since the need for teaching strategies to improve student engagement cuts across disciplines, consider purchasing a Campus Access License so your colleagues across campus can access this important content.

Product Code: PM13AA

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