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Effective Discussion TechniquesCarmen Manning

Fellow: Carmen Manning, English


Carmen Manning, Norah Airth-Kindree, Mickey Crothers, Carlos Garcia, Kevin Gawley, Marc Goulet, Lisa Herb, Joseph Orser, Vicki Samelson, and Ka Vang

Beginning in the fall semester of 2010, a group of nine educators led by Dr. Carmen Manning, CETL Fellow and Associate Professor of English, gathered weekly over two semesters to learn about and implement new techniques of discussion in the classroom, lab, or studio. During the fall semester, the group explored literature on commonly held theories and understandings about effective discussion and best practices. During the spring 2011 semester, participants developed course discussion activities and tried new techniques in their classes.  Findings from these course discussions were shared and deliberated in light of the best practices information educators gathered. Our collected knowledge from this project is gathered here as a resource for other who are interested in trying new ways to facilitate effective discussion in the college classroom.