Engaging student groups in reading – Hoda Yousef, History

Regular Classroom: A common practice in my classes is group discussion on the weekly reading. In the classroom, I would divide students into groups, provide prompts, then circulate as the students engaged with each other over the reading. Once students had an opportunity to flesh out some ideas, we would then reconvene as a whole class to report back and further explore the readings. 

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The remote fishbowl-Hanada Al-Masri, Modern Languages


You may be familiar with a group discussion technique known as the fishbowl. In this technique, the instructor identifies a set of students that have the same opinion on a topic. 

The strategy

The students arrange their chairs in the center of the room, creating the fishbowl. The remainder of the students place their chairs on the outside of the fishbowl.

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Alternative to in-person labs – Jeff Thompson, Biology

During the past spring semester, it was a challenge to continue my lab classes remotely, as my students could not be physically present in our facilities.  And in planning for the fall term, additional complexities emerged with respect to maintaining social distancing in the lab, as well as developing ways to engage remote students.  With these issues in mind, I plan to give students in my Genetics course the chance to understand what scientific researchers do before they even set foot in the lab.

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Office Hours & Remote Learning – Matt Neal, Mathematics

During a typical semester, many of my students visit my office hours to ask questions about material, seek mentoring advice, or to discuss things of interest to them. During the transition to remote learning, I did not want to lose that connection with my students. So I divided my class into groups of six and held virtual group office hours, held at times aligned with my students schedule.

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