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For using Exploratory Discussion in the Classroom & Online Courses

March 21 Update:  In light of the pandemic and the shift to online classes, we’ve moved our “Resources for Online Courses” to the top of this page (directly below). And–and as before–they are all viewable and downloadable at no charge from the links below. You can download PDF copies, or in a some cases editable MS Word copies, by clicking on the corresponding titles in the table below. You may also request a limited number of printed copies of some of these documents for individual or classroom use by email hidden; JavaScript is required

Resources for Online Courses

Guidebook for Student-Facilitated Discussion in Online Courses (Wheatley-Hartman & Byrd, 2015)

64 pages / 5 MB
60 pages / 4 MB

Online Course Materials for Student-Facilitated Discussions

all in editable MS Word format



Resources for Classroom Courses Pages /File Size or format
Facilitation Workbook – Student Edition (Wheatley-Hartman, 2019-20)
Also viewable online & downloadable on Issuu
26 pages / 3.3 MB

Classroom Course Materials for Student-Facilitated Discussions (Wesleyan College, 2015, 2017):

All PDFs
Guidebook for Student-Centered Classroom Discussions (1st edition, 2008) a guide for instructors using student-facilitated discussion in the classroom; also available in Albanian (2012; 141 pages/1.6 MB) 141 pages / 581 KB
Teaching Tips (Byrd, Prudhomme & Lea, eds., 2009) 30 pages / 236 KB
Student-Centered Discussion Strategies for the 21st-Century Classroom (Lea & Byrd, 2009) an IF White Paper 22 pages / 322 KB
A Typical Week in the IF Classroom (Lea, 2009) 3 pages / 144 KB