Registration: Discussion Workshop: Part II


22-Feb-2019 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM


OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)



Karen Swanson (

Do you use discussions in your classroom? Would you like to expand your repertoire and refine your practice?

Stephen Brookfield and Stephen Preskill have written two books on the theory, purpose and practice of multiple discussion models. We will be drawing on these two books to inform our thinking about in-class and online discussions.

  • Discussion as a Way of Teaching. Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms
  • The Discussion Book. 50 Great Ways to Get People Talking
  • Available through DU’s library as an eBook

Their 50 discussion models are categorized into 11 purposes which enables faculty to quickly choose which pedagogical mode is most appropriate to their instructional goal. Each model/chapter is broken into the following sections:

  • purposes,
  • how it works,
  • where and when it works well,
  • what users appreciate,
  • what to watch for, and
  • questions suited to this technique.

Faculty will participate in two discussion models during this workshop and walk away ready to implement them in their classes. If you did not attend the first discussion workshop, please feel free to join us for this session.


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