Fostering Student Discussion (7/21)

July 21, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am
Intended audience: 
Faculty, Instructors
Part of series: 

In addition to generating constructive exchange of different ideas and points of view, discussions allow students to articulate and externalize their thinking, which is an important element of learning. How do we facilitate discussion in our classes and encourage all students to share their thinking? How might our approaches be similar or different in remote contexts? Join approximately 8-10 colleagues to share and brainstorm approaches for structuring and integrating discussion in a remote course. Please note that this is a discussion session driven by the interests and experience of participants attending each session, and will not follow a traditional workshop format. 

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Series description

For many faculty members at Berkeley, opportunities to share ideas and questions, swap stories and resources, or brainstorm about teaching can be quite limited. Even informal discussions have been reduced by our current need to work remotely. At the same time, many instructors are trying new things and figuring out new ways to approach teaching and learning in what has become a very different pedagogical landscape.

Come join colleagues in a pilot series to bring our ideas and experiences together: Remote Teaching Circles (RTC). Hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, RTCs are designed as an informal means to gather small groups of faculty for collaborative brainstorming and discussion around a particular topic related to remote teaching and learning. 

Based on common questions and interest, initial RTC topics are listed below, and we are happy to arrange circles on new topics of interest.

    •    Maximizing In-class Time and Reducing Zoom Fatigue

    •    Fostering Student Discussion 

    •    Building Class Community 

Is there another topic that you’d like to discuss? Let us know via this Google form

Can’t make any of the listed meeting times? Interested in forming your own group? Send us a message at We’ll provide support for organizing another meeting!

 Note: priority will be given to instructors of record.