Hitting the Mark – Create Questions that Generate Critical Thinking Discussions
Recorded: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm HST
Duration: 40 minutes
How often have you been teaching a class and the discussions have fallen flat? Students are not engaged or the discussion ends quickly without much depth or critical thinking. All too often discussions are lifeless and drudgery for both the students and instructor.
Academic discussions, both online and on ground, should stimulate students to think deeply, using critical thinking skills, about the content and be engaged in a Socratic discussions with their classmates. Effective discussions should require students to think critically about the content from multiple viewpoints, examine relationships among concepts, construct an argument to support a position, and reflect on the implications and consequences of the position in a global perspective.
Presenters will deliver information about effective discussion questions, criteria to evaluate questions, and strategies for establishing an environment to stimulate dynamic and challenging discussions.
Participants will be asked to bring discussion questions to the session they are currently using in their classes. Participants will use the criteria provided to evaluate their questions and modify as needed in order to create discussion questions that generate critical thinking.
Barbara is an instructional design faculty member in the College of Health and Public Administration at Franklin University in Columbus, OH.