About The Discussion Project

Focused on discussion pedagogy

Grounded in research

Informed by an extensive review of literature and rigorous academic studies, our interactive curriculum reflects learning from research and multiple iterations of feedback from participants and experts. Our project’s team of curriculum writers and instructors have deep expertise in classroom instruction and discussion design.

The research and development has been funded by a $1mm grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and further investment by University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Coursework and instruction

The Discussion Project can be delivered either virtually or in-person. Each approach is optimized for its audience and the teaching environment.

Coursework is continuously improved through research and participants can expect to learn transformational skills and strategies delivered by experts to foster high-quality discussion in their classrooms and at the institutions.


What our professional learners say

Kruthika Kamath

Doctoral student, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison

“I would say that this course not only helps you how to conduct an effective and engaged discussion, but also how to be an effective and respectful discussion participant.”

Maura Snyder

Lecturer, Communication Science, UW-Madison

“I wanted to send a quick thank you for your wonderful facilitation of the Discussion Project!! It was so wonderful to be in a (virtual) room with so many colleagues that enjoy and value teaching! These spaces can feel hard to come by, so your creation and facilitation did not go unnoticed. I have a whole new toolbox of skills to dig into and I can’t wait to start teaching again.”

Ready to have a discussion?

Submit your information for a personalized course walk-through with The Discussion Project team to better understand how it can support the growth of your instructors, departments, and institution.

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