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Who should apply to the The Discussion Project Virtual online course?

  • We accept applications from any university instructor (faculty, academic staff, TA).

  • The course is most applicable to those teaching  online classes with fewer than 40 students.

  • In order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend all full-day sessions.

  • The focus of the course is online synchronous video conference discussion (via Zoom or Teams) and is also relevant to in-person teaching.

Application: All seats are taken for our fall 2021 courses. Please visit our application page  in November 2021 to see upcoming 2022 course dates.

Who should apply to The Discussion Project In-Person course?

  • We accept applications from any university instructor (faculty, academic staff, TA).

  • The course is most applicable to those teaching face-to-face classes with fewer than 40 students.

  • In order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend all full-day sessions.

Application: We will run our next in-person course series in January, 2022. Please check back on this page in November 2021.

Instructors often assume that college students already know how to engage in classroom discussion.

In fact, a review of the relevant research shows that…

Students often don’t understand what is expected of them during discussion.

Students do not know how to focus their reading for discussion.

Students hesitate to discuss when the classroom climate is too contentious or too cordial. Setting the right tone matters.

Both students and instructors underestimate how much preparation is required to participate in discussion.