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Silent Thinking

Using silent thinking to disrupt herding behavior Yolanda Cooper was frustrated. She liked to have her students discuss concepts she presented in class. But what usually happened is that the first student’s comment became the focus of the entire discussion. The...

Why Do People Migrate?

What IF?  A Discussion Summary of the 1st of a series of 4 Online Community Conversations About Migration and Coming to America This is a summary of the main ideas discussed during our Zoom event on September 17, 2020. It was the first event in our Coming to...

Discussion Groups Weaving Social Connections

Discussion groups can foster social bonds that are critical for student success Greg Johnson was a Computer Science major with a problem. He had a rather severe stuttering condition. Normally this wasn’t an issue in his CS classes, but Greg was required to take a...

Diverse Discussion Groups

Diversity within groups and making new discoveries? “Today we’re going to start using our class discussion groups. In a moment I’ll split you up into preassigned groups. I’ve been very careful in selecting your group members. I’m often asked how I do this. Before I...

Collaborative Credit?

Shared credit as a way to foster genuine collaboration As students entered the classroom, there sat their professor, Walt Jenkins, playing The House of the Rising Sun through the sound system. When the song ended, Professor Jenkins began class. “Some of you...

Collaborative Salads? (Part Two)

Discovering lessons for effective collaboration “At the end of our last class, I asked you to come up with lessons about collaborative practices from the salad recipe experience,” Monica Weekly said as she began her next class. “Today I want you to develop your...

Collaborative Salads? (Part One)

Collaboration as more than a collection of competing efforts “Before we start with our regular small group discussions in class, I want to help you learn what can make collaborative discussions more effective.” So began Monica Weekly, the course instructor. “I’ve...

Breakthrough Facilitation

How can we help students become breakthrough facilitators? Cathy began her office hour visit with some hesitation, “Dr. Sperios, I didn’t want to sound like I’m grade-grubbing, but I don’t understand my latest discussion facilitation grade. You wrote on the...