SoTL Applied: Evidence-based Strategies for Better Classroom Discussions

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On July 28, 2015

Written by Jennifer Friberg, SoTL Scholar-Mentor at Illinois State University Over the last few years, my colleague, Kathleen McKinney, has been adding to a document titled A Sampling of What We Kn…


Active learning can be a large activity that your class is involved in or it can be as simple as incorporating discussions in your class.  Start out small and have students discuss solutions with the person sitting next to them.  Have them come to a consensus on the answer.  Then have them discuss their answer with another pair close to them. Can they come to consensus as well?  It can take as little as five minutes of class time but it can have great rewards for your overall class.  What you are actually doing is having the students process information before they leave the classroom. This can help them remember this information when preparing for exams.

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