Discussions can be an excellent strategy for enhancing student motivation, fostering intellectual agility, and encouraging democratic habits. They create opportunities for students to practice and sharpen a number of skills, including the ability to articulate and defend positions, consider different points of view, and enlist and evaluate evidence (CMU Eberly Center). Simply stated, discussion allows students actively to engage materials in ways that promote both procedural and factual learning (Duquesne University’s CTE).
How to plan for class discussions based on cognitive, social, and physical factors (Carnegie Mellon)
Six ways to discourage learning in discussion (American Astronomical Society)
Ten strategies for effective discussion leading (Harvard)
Facilitating effective discussion (Tufts)
Strategies for managing online discussions (Faculty Focus)
Alternative Discussion Methods (CIRTL Network)