AY 2021-22: Facilitating Group Discussions: From the Seminar Room to the Lecture Hall CTAL6001

Course Description: 

This course explores leading research and exemplary practices regarding how scholars can facilitate inquiry-based, student-centered discussions at the core of university teaching. It addresses questions about what constitutes a good discussion in various academic fields and how discussion leaders can structure discussions to promote complex questioning and deep understanding. It addresses discussion as a fundamental element in all teaching, including large-group teaching through interactive lecturing and small-group discussions in class. Doctoral students in the course develop discussion strategies appropriate to their academic disciplines and receive critical feedback from the instructor and the members of the course.

Learning goals
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what is a (good) discussion in higher education teaching context
  • Develop discussion strategies and guiding questions to promote disciplinary and critical thinking
  • Know and apply various approaches to encourage student participation in both small-group and large-class discussions, including in-class and online activities.
  • Design and facilitate learner-centered interactive lectures and class discussions to promote inquiry, reflection, and problem solving.

Instructor: Yurgos Politis

4-week course
January 10-31, 2022 - Hybrid
Mondays, 1:30-3:30

We recommend that students take the CTAL 6007 Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education: Scholarship, Reflection, and Innovaton course before taking the 4-week short courses.

This course is offered to doctoral students. Click to register in SITS.