This Week for Faculty: Discussion-based Pedagogy: Resources and Workshops

by | Feb 8, 2021

Discussion-based Pedagogy

CTL Resource: Learning Through Synchronous and Asynchronous Discussion 

Discussions can be meaningful and engaging learning experiences: dynamic, eye-opening, and generative. However, like any class activity, they require planning and preparation. Without that, discussion challenges can arise in the form of unequal participation, unclear learning outcomes, or low engagement. This resource presents key considerations in class discussions and offers strategies for how instructors can prepare and engage in effective synchronous and asynchronous classroom discussions.

Resource from Student Consultants: Learning Through Online Discussion

We asked the CTL’s Undergraduate Student Consultants to share their thoughts and experiences with synchronous and asynchronous discussion in the context of discussion-based courses (e.g., seminars and small classes) and non-discussion-based courses. Here is what they wrote.

“A classroom environment that will give rise to good discussions is one that provides room for questions on an ongoing basis. In my experience, when an instructor asks “any questions?” often enough, we start thinking about questions we may have knowing they are welcomed. This simple step can really go a long way and help foster an environment in which, even online, all questions are welcomed.” – Yarin Reindorp, Sophomore, School of General Studies; CTL Undergraduate Student Consultant

Workshop: Engaging Students in Online Discussion

How do I get students talking online? How can I keep the conversation going between class sessions? In this workshop, we will address these questions by exploring a three-step process as well as strategies to ensure that students engage in and learn from synchronous and asynchronous discussions, and leave class with clear takeaways. With intentional planning and facilitation, faculty can maximize student learning from online classroom conversations. Register through the link below.

Date and Time: February 12, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

How have you adapted your discussion practices for your online or hybrid courses? Share your practices through the CTL’s Voices of Hybrid and Online Teaching and Learning initiative and be featured in the 2021 Celebration for Teaching and Learning.

Join us for upcoming workshops:

Teaching Online with CourseWorks
February 9, 1:00 PM–2:30 PM

Feedback for Learning
February 16, 3:00 PM–4:00 PM