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Teachers on Teaching: John Capps and Wade Robison on Discussion-Intensive Courses


Tuesday, February 6, 2018
12:30pm - 1:30pm


WAL - Wallace (05),

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Michael Starenko


John Capps
Wade Robison

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John Capps and Wade Robison's session on Teaching Discussion-Intensive Courses is part of the Teachers on Teaching series, sponsored by Teaching and Learning Services.

Discussion is a powerful pedagogical tool that can increase student engagement and comprehension of course material. Discussion encourages our students to think critically, to consider a variety of perspectives, and to give reasons in support of their conclusions. But we aren’t always clear on what discussion is, how to incorporate discussion into our classes, or how to assess it. For the last two years the Philosophy Department has been piloting “discussion-intensive” (DI) courses that use discussion to enhance student understanding, collaboration, and interaction. We’ll present some of our findings as well as tips for successful discussions — and leave plenty of time for discussion.

John Capps is Professor of Philosophy and Wade L. Robison is the Ezra A. Hale Professor of Applied Ethics; both are in the Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts.

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