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For using Exploratory Discussion in the Classroom & Online Courses

From the experience gained from our various education projects and collaborations, we have developed several guidebooks, papers, and reports that provide practical guidance for professors and other educators on using exploratory and student-centered discussion methods in the classroom, in online courses, and in discussions outside the classroom.

Recent news: Shannon Wheatley Hartman and Jeff Prudhomme have co-authored a chapter, “What IF:  The Interactivity Foundation and Student-Facilitated Discussion Teams,” in the recently published book Creating Space for Democracy: a Primer on Dialogue & Deliberation in Higher Education.

You can download PDF copies, or in a few cases as indicated below 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 Classroom CoursesPages /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 Paper22 pages / 322 KB
A Typical Week in the IF Classroom (Lea, 2009)3 pages / 144 KB


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