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Monday, February 24, 2014


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The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute presents
A Faculty Development Roundtable:
Thursday, February 27, 12:45-2:15pm, room H-763 (Library Building)

Facilitating Meaningful Classroom Discussion

From: Suzanne Epstein, Interim Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
Speaking is central to learning and internalizing content, but getting our students to do it, and do it in a meaningful way, is a challenge. Not only is it difficult to get students to speak up, or to get a diverse set of regular participants and not just the same two or three voices, it also can be difficult to manage the participation once it begins, and to ensure that class discussions are focused and productive. This workshop will address these common challenges to facilitating meaningful classroom discussion, and will explore examples of effective strategies for facilitating lively and productive dialogue in class. It will also help instructors design focused class discussions to parse out difficult concepts and enhance student understanding. We will discuss specific techniques for getting as many students to participate as possible, and we will also provide tips and strategies for keeping the discussion on topic, and for moving in a linear fashion toward a deeper understanding of the course content. Participants will share strategies they currently use to generate discussion among students, as well as challenges they face in doing so.

Prof. Valerie Watnick, Department of Law, will discuss some approaches to facilitating discussion aimed at achieving lively, engaged participation. Participants will have the opportunity to practice designing a plan for discussion-facilitation using one of the strategies covered, and will leave with a suggested reading on the topic.

Lunch will be provided.
Adjuncts will be compensated for their time at the non-teaching adjunct rate.

A full listing of all our Spring 2014 workshops can be found on the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute website:

Suzanne Epstein, Ed. D.
Interim Director

Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute

Baruch College, CUNY
Bernard Baruch Way, Box J-318

New York, NY 10010

Tel: (646) 312 2068 fax: (646) 312 2061