"Oh no, not another discussion group!" This interactive session will explore approaches for promoting classroom discussions that are stimulating and relevant. The workshop will include activities that cover factors that promote effective classroom discussion; creating an environment that supports and encourages students; designing questions that open up a topic for discussion; formats and approaches that mix things up and keep people interested; and facilitation techniques for keeping the discussion on track.
James Conklin is an Associate Scientist at the Bruyere Research Institute in Ottawa and an Assistant Professor in Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal. Dr. Conklin’s research focuses on knowledge exchange, planned change, and social learning, and includes work related to the generation and movement of new knowledge through social networks consisting of researchers, policy makers, and frontline workers. Dr. Conklin is Principal Investigator on a CIHR-funded project focusing on knowledge-to-action processes through communities of practice.
James Conklin is the recipient of the 2012 Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching.