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Who should apply to the The Discussion Project Virtual training?

  • The training is open to any university instructor (faculty, academic staff, TA. Graduate Student Lecturer) teaching a course that serves 40 or fewer students, whether in-person or online.
  • The training is designed to support instructors teaching a  course that serves 40 or fewer students, whether in-person or online. The focus is on online synchronous video conference discussion (via Zoom or BBCU) and is also relevant to in-person teaching.
  • We give priority to instructors teaching a course in the Summer or Fall of 2021.

Application

  • Click here to apply for the June 2021 trainings

  • For full consideration for June training, apply by April 30. Please note that the Google Form is an application for the training; it is not a sign up. We will notify of admission by May 15.

The Discussion Project Virtual  June 2021 Dates / Times

Cohort Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
JUNE
Mornings
6/1
9-11AM 
6/2
9-11AM 
6/3
9-11AM 
6/4
9-11AM 
6/8
9-11AM 
6/9
9-11AM  
6/10
9-11AM 
JUNE
Afternoons
6/1
1-3PM 
6/2
1-3PM 
6/3
1-3PM 
6/4
1-3PM 
6/8
1-3PM 
6/9
1-3PM 
6/10
1-3PM 

Each cohort is limited to 25 participants. All synchronous sessions will be held online on Zoom. Each synchronous session will be preceded by ~1 hour of asynchronous preparatory work in Canvas. 

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

  • Click here to apply for the August 2021 trainings

  • We accept applications from any university instructor (faculty, academic staff, TA) teaching a course at UW-Madison.
  • Applicants should be teaching a face-to-face course at UW-Madison with fewer than 50 students in the semester immediately following the training.
  • In order to be eligible, applicants must be available to attend all full-day sessions.
  • For full consideration, please apply by May 28, We will notify of admission by June 10.

The Discussion Project In-Person August 2021 Dates / Times 

Cohort Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
AUGUST
2021.08A

8:30am-4:30pm
8/9

 

8/10 8/11
AUGUST
2021.08B

8:30am-4:30pm
8/16 8/17 8/18

AUGUST
2021.08C

8:30am-4:30pm
8/23 8/24 8/25

We plan to hold all training sessions in the UW-Madison School of Education Building on Bascom Hill, but that depends on whether the UW-Madison Covid policies in effect then allow in-person professional development trainings to occur on campus. We will follow all university Covid guidelines.

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.