Facilitating Discussion in Social Sciences and Humanities


When done well, classroom discussions can meaningfully engage students with course material and improve learning. The panel will discuss effective methods for facilitating discussion in the Social Sciences and Humanities, followed by an active Q&A session.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify multiple strategies for engaging students in discussion.
  • Articulate the best practices and pitfalls in leading discussion.
What to Bring:



Facilitating discussions handout (215k, PDF)

In the Library:


Online Resources:


 Certificates: Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoctoral scholar certificates:

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