Center for Faculty Innovation

Beyond Monologues: Fostering Authentic In-Class Discussion among Students (Workshop)

Fri, 3 Feb 2017 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:  Student Success Center room 4047, lunch provided starting at 12:00 PM.

In-class discussions can help motivate students to prepare for class, practice articulating their perspectives, listen respectfully and attentively, recognize and investigate their assumptions, and learn processes and habits of democratic discourse. Discussion can also provide an opportunity for students to learn from one another. But many of these benefits depend on students meaningfully interacting with a wide range of their peers during discussion, rather than simply providing a series of individual and unrelated answers—akin to monologues—to each of the instructor’s questions. This workshop will examine the benefits of in-class discussion and some of the challenges instructors face when trying to foster authentic peer-to-peer exchange. Participants themselves will have the opportunity to discuss how to ensure that meaningful exchange occurs among their students in class.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Identifying the benefits and challenges of authentic discussion in-class, and
  • Generating ideas for ensuring that meaningful exchange occurs among a range of students during in-class discussion.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these teaching outcomes: 

  • Identifying factors that influence pedagogical choices, and
  • Creating assignments and/or courses that support higher-level learning (deep learning).

Facilitator: Emily O. Gravett, Ph.D., Center for Faculty Innovation and Philosophy & Religion

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at cfi@jmu.edu or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations, if time permits.

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