Discussion Leaders

    In her freshman seminar, Joanna Nizynska has her students lead discussions throughout the semester. Through this process, they learn how to respond to the flow of conversation and guide discussion effectively.

    Thought Essays

    In his Freshman Seminar, Professor John Dowling assigned both basic textbook readings and supplementary readings.  Since students were to lead the discussion of the supplementary readings, John ensured that they would have something to say by assigning weekly 1 page "thought essays" that required students to draw on ideas from the readings.

    Conceptual Mapping for the Big Picture

    Overview: In this activity, students work as a group to create one large conceptual map that includes many or all of the key concepts from the course using large Post-it notes and dry easer markers.

    Class: HGSE T543: Apply Cognitive Science to Teaching and Learning (section)


    (1)  For students to see the big picture and connections between the concepts of the course.

    (2)  To assess where students are at in their understanding of the course concepts and where more work might be needed.