Higher education instructors and leaders

The Discussion Project, designed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a professional learning course for higher education institutional leaders and instructors. It delivers research-based teaching strategies that positively impact the quality of education offered.

Build a more inclusive and engaging classroom experience.

High quality classroom discussion engages students in critical thinking and leads to a deeper understanding of course content. It requires students to inquire, listen to others, consider different perspectives, think critically, and deepen learning.

The Discussion Project’s courses for higher education instructors and leaders provide techniques to implement high quality classroom discussion. Our team of experts deliver research-based, in-depth, learn-by-doing training so that teachers can foster and manage classroom discussions to improve learning.

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New teaching skills delivered online

Online courses designed for dedicated teams, departments, colleges and universities.

Are you looking for online professional development opportunities for you and your peers? The Discussion Project’s online course is delivered through seven 2-hour sessions to meet the needs of your team.

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In-person learning and collaboration

In-person courses designed for dedicated teams, departments, colleges and universities.

Learn alongside your colleagues and peers with courses designed to help improve classroom learning. The Discussion Project’s in-person course is delivered through seven 2-hour sessions.

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Open enrollment for individuals

In-person learning for individuals seeking professional development opportunities.

If you’re looking to develop new skills independent of your higher education institution, open enrollment provides the same great online learning experience across seven weeks.

Seeking to improve your institution's reputation for excellence in academic performance? Foster high-quality discussions.

Create a more engaging higher educational experience

Discussion pedagogy designed to help institutional leaders and instructors create a more engaged classroom and improve academic performance.


Build more inclusive classroom communities to enhance learning.


Improve student and instructor engagement and retention.


Build institutional reputation for teaching quality.


Strengthen departmental profiles.


Promote and increase job satisfaction for instructors.


What our professional learners say

Kathy Cramer

Professor, Political Science, UW-Madison

“I was fortunate to take part in your training last month. I am not exaggerating when I say it has changed my life. I am teaching a 15-person and a 50-person undergraduate course this term, and I am using the skills you taught me each class session. It has made me think differently about my teaching and I am quite sure the students’ experience is all the better for it. Thank you! You all are providing a fantastic service.”

Rhoda Smith

Assistant Clinical Professor, Erikson Institute

“Great modeling on using the tools, great examples and samples of tools provided to us. Very helpful that there was attention paid for us to connect to others in our specialty areas.”

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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