In these seminar-style classes, students participate actively inside and outside the classroom. Online interactions serve as a springboard for class discussion by requiring students to think critically, construct a written argument on the topic, and consider their peers’ differing opinions before class begins. Having engaged the texts and their peers via threaded discussion before class, students enter the classroom prepared to communicate their ideas with confidence and clarity. In the classroom, students are encouraged to organize and express thoughts, respect differences and commonalities, and identify with one another through meaningful dialogue.
Students participate in the leadership of the class by taking turns throughout the semester presenting material and facilitating class discussion. By leading a portion of class, students learn to prepare professional visual presentations, speak in front of a group, manage class time, ask important questions, encourage participation, and keep the discussion on topic. Allowing students a measure of control in the classroom builds academic confidence. Students feel more invested in the course when they take on the responsibility of constructing knowledge and fostering new ideas. Participating as leaders and as group members encourages respect for the functioning and quality of each class.
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