20-Minute Mentors

How Can I Structure Class Discussions to Maximize Student Engagement?

For faculty who are looking to improve the quality of class discussions, this 20-Minute Mentor provides a three-step process for structuring discussions to increase participation and student engagement.


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How Can I Structure Class Discussions to Maximize Student Engagement?

As an instructor, you’ve likely held class discussions where only a few students participated. This is the sort of challenge that instructors are always looking for new and creative approaches to solve! Fortunately, there is a solution that will guarantee participation from every student in class.

This 20-Minute Mentor shows you how to shape discussions in a way that engages all students and promotes deeper learning of the content. Through a three-part guided approach, you’ll be able to structure discussions of complex issues, in any course or discipline, that will increase engagement and critical thinking in all students in class.

Learning Goals

After viewing this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specific strategies for engaging students during class discussions
  • Integrate teaching higher-level intellectual skills into instruction
  • Create instruction prompts that guide students to deepen their knowledge and metacognitively reflection their thinking

Topics Covered

  • Flipped classrooms
  • Bloom’s taxonomy of intellectual skills
  • Metacognition
  • Critical evaluation standards
  • Building student skills in:
    • applying relevant course concepts and information
    • analyzing and evaluating arguments
    • synthesizing concepts and information
    • metacognitively reflecting on their own thinking
    • asking scientific questions that generate new knowledge related to an issue


This program will benefit:

  • Faculty
  • Instructional Designers
  • Faculty Developers


Product Code: PM22KA

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.