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The Discussion Project (in-person) APPLY HERE

Invitation to Instructors
We are inviting you to participate in the Discussion Project Measures Study for the 2022–23 academic year. The Discussion Project is research study and a three-day professional learning opportunity for UW–Madison instructors, focused on developing skills in leading high-quality small- and large-group discussion in undergraduate and graduate classrooms. Click here for more information.

Course dates (8:30am-4:30pm)
-August 22, 23, 24 or August 25, 26, 29
-January 12, 13, 17 or January 18, 19, 20

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

  • We accept applications from any university instructor (faculty, academic staff, graduate student).
  • 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 and be teaching an in-person course fall and spring semesters of 2022-23.

If you are not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and would like to take the Discussion Project course, please visit this website where individuals and institutions may register for a course series.

The Discussion Project Virtual (online): APPLY HERE

The Discussion Project Virtual is not currently part of a research study.

Dates for fall 2022
2022.09A: Tuesdays, 9am-11am: 9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
2022.09B: Fridays, 10am-12pm: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/ 28
Participants will meet online in seven 2-hour synchronous sessions on Zoom. Each session is preceded by one hour of asynchronous preparatory work in Canvas.

Who should apply to 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 synchronous sessions.
  • The focus of the course is online synchronous video conference discussion (eg., via Zoom). Skills learned are also relevant to in-person teaching.

If you are not affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and would like to take the Discussion Project course, please visit this website where individuals and institutions may register for a course series.

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.