Learn how to facilitate engaging class discussions and how to develop students as facilitators in this webinar. Structured discussions can be a powerful instructional strategy that deepen engagement with course content. They allow students to explore new ideas, recognize the contributions of others, and synthesize diverse viewpoints and information. They also can be used to enhance students’ communication competencies, especially when they are given the opportunity to facilitate. Students, however, need preparation and guidance to develop and practice these abilities.
This webinar will help you plan for leading in-class discussions and for preparing students to facilitate by 1) outlining features of effective discussions and facilitation and 2) discussing strategies that encourage and support both. Join us to refresh your discussion facilitation skills or learn some new ones.
Stephanie Norander, Executive Director of the Communication Across the Curriculum (CxC) program, will lead the session. CxC is a faculty driven, student focused program that consults with departments and individual faculty on how to integrate communication into the curriculum in ways that best facilitate student learning. She joined CxC in 2015 with experience in creating communication centered faculty and organizational development programs, curriculum planning, and multi-section course administration. In addition, she has taught a wide range of communication courses in small, large, and online formats. Stephanie earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University with specializations in Organizational Communication and in Rhetoric.
NOTE: This Webinar will be held online using WebEx, the University's Web conferencing system. You will need access to the Internet, and a microphone if you want to speak. You will be sent a link the day before the Webinar.