All Faculty Meeting

Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM

Dr. Jay Howard shares his research on classroom teaching with the faculty of The University of Tulsa.

Annual All Faculty Meeting

Why Won’t They Talk?
Using Discussion to Facilitate Student Engagement & Learning

Morning Session 10:30 a.m. to Noon in the Great Hall in ACAC
Lunch at Noon in the Great Hall in ACAC
Afternoon Workshop 1:00 p.m. in the Gallery

Faculty often wish to engage students in discussion in class, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up the effort. Why should we seek to utilize discussion in class? What classroom norms sometimes undermine discussion? Which students are most likely to participate, and which are most likely to choose not to participate? …For what reasons? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the non-talkers?

During the morning session, we will engage each of these questions, using a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to maximize student participation and learning.

In the afternoon workshop, we will seek to apply insights from the scholarship of teaching and learning to address challenges in your courses. What are some strategies for preparing students for effective and productive discussion? What ground rules can help make students feel sufficiently safe to participate in discussion? How might we structure discussion to help achieve learning goals? How can one use discussion in online courses? What do our syllabi communicate to students about the value of discussion? Bring a syllabus from one of your classes and come prepared to talk about the challenges you face in utilizing discussion in your courses and to learn from others!

This event is for TU Faculty.  Please RSVP to

Denise Dutton