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For using Exploratory Discussion in the Classroom & Online Courses

September 9, 2020 Update:  In partnership with a team of faculty and expert practitioners, the Interactivity Foundation is now piloting a certification program in Collaborative Discussion. By focusing on learning activities in 7 specific areas of practical skill-building, participants who complete this program will be better equipped to work with others in productive and creative ways to address both large and small problems. This program can be adapted to fit the specific needs of any particular learning environment and program goals.

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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