Dialogue in the Classroom: Instructor Training Resources

2020 Workshops Offered by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

For a full list of CETL offerings and to register go to http://fins.uconn.edu/

Look for additions to the schedule throughout 2020.


Crafting Discussion and Dialogue Questions
Thursday, February 13, 1:00-2:15
Rowe 319
Presenter: Tina Huey, CETL

For instructors, posing good questions can make the difference in effective class discussion and dialogue. Come share how structured conversations promote critical thinking and build community in classes large and small. We will explore how you can design your course with discussion and dialogue opportunities in class and on HuskyCT, and what to think about when you’re crafting good questions for this purpose

Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1172


Dialogue in the Classroom: Strategies for Building Engagement and Empathy
Fridays, February 21 & 28, 1:30-3:00
Rowe 132
Presenter: Noga Shemer, Anthropology

Structured dialogues increase student engagement and foster inclusive learning environments.  By incorporating dialogic modalities into the classroom, students can learn to communicate across difference and navigate challenging conversations, while engaging deeply with course content.  In this collaborative 2-part workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Build the foundation for successful dialogue
  • Explore multiple ways dialogue can be used
  • Apply practical strategies in the classroom
  • Share ideas and resources

Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1170


Honoring and Respecting Difference: Using Discussion to Support Cultural Understanding
Wednesday, February 26, 2:00-4:00
MCHU 107
Presenter: Aynsley Diamond, CETL

Culturally responsive education teaches all students to respect and learn from the cultural diversity of their peers. While there are many classroom activities that can help students become more aware of similarities and differences, in this session we will be taking a closer look at how to facilitate deep lasting learning through discussion techniques.


Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1178


Implementing Inclusive Teaching Principles and Facilitating Challenging Conversations
Monday, March 9, 1:30 – 3:30
Rowe 132
Presenter: Noga Shemer, Anthropology

This workshop provides an opportunity for participants to discuss, share experiences, and ask questions about implementing inclusive teaching principles in the classroom. The session focuses on concrete strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment at the beginning of the semester and then explores how instructors can build upon this foundation to introduce, facilitate, and respond to challenging conversations.

Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1171


Dialogue Moderation Skills
Friday, March 6, 2:00 – 4:00
Rowe 132
Presenter: Brendan Kane, History

Central to the creation of robust and respectful dialogue is the role of moderator. This workshop explores aspects of moderating both individual and series of dialogues in the classroom. Topics to be covered include the following:

  • Differences between the moderator and facilitator roles in dialogues
    • Set-up and “run-of-show” for dialogues
    • Moderating and managing dialogues on the day
    • Working with student facilitators
    • Managing student expectations
    • Balancing dialogues with learning goals and outcomes
    • Troubleshooting

Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1217


Crafting Discussion and Dialogue Questions
Thursday, March 26, 11:00-12:15
Rowe 319
Presenter: Tina Huey, CETL

Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1173


Crafting Discussion and Dialogue Questions
Thursday, April 2, 1:00-2:15
Rowe 319
Presenter: Tina Huey, CETL

Register at https://fins.uconn.edu/secure_inst/workshops/workshop_view.php?ser=1174

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