Facilitating Engaging Discussions

3e: Facilitating Engaging Discussions

In this module, faculty learn activities they can use to launch productive discussions, including Hatful of Quotes, Sentence Completions, and Fishbowl techniques. The module also helps instructors balance student participation in classroom or online discussions and guidance for limiting instructor involvement in discussions.

To satisfy the module requirements, faculty must implement one or more techniques, such as using a Fishbowl activity, wait time, prompting, or providing strategic online feedback.



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