Higher education instructors

The Discussion Project, designed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a professional learning course for higher education leaders and instructors.

Learn new teaching skills to help your team grow

The Discussion Project is a highly interactive, professional development course that prepares higher education instructors, faculty, and leaders to implement civil discourse in classrooms. It provides them the tools, structure, and skills necessary to design, implement, and facilitate respectful and productive small and large group discussions. 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.

In-person courses

The Discussion Project in-person course offers dynamic professional development tailored to the challenges higher education instructors and faculty staff face in an evolving eduational environment. Through active learning and collaboration with your colleagues, you can expect expert guidance on utilizing research-backed strategies to foster equitable, inclusive, and captivating classroom discussions

This interactive, in-person learn-by-doing coursework is offered in one and three day formats and offered at the department and institution level. Daily work will last 8 hours (which includes authentic planning time, bathroom and lunch breaks) at the department or institution’s preferred location. Ready to learn alongside your colleagues?

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In-person course – 1 day

Learn the core principles of structured discussion through a streamlined one day course offering.

  • Delivered across 1 day at an institution’s preferred location
  • Course spans the first three learning modules: building community, defining productive discussion, and facilitating whole group interactions.
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 6 hours of continuing education credit
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In-person course – 3 days

Our full, comprehensive course meets the dedicated professional development needs of departments and colleges.

  • Delivered across 3 days at an institution’s preferred location
  • Includes the first three modules and builds off prior learning which includes structuring discussion and crafting questions; planning and assessing, critiquing lesson plans, and maintaining community
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 20 hours of continuing education credit

*In-person course requires a minimum of 15 participants from across the school or district area.

Online courses

The Discussion Project online course offers dynamic and engaging professional development tailored for higher education instructors, staff, and leaders. Our expert instructors will walk you through research-based techniques to design and implement equitable, inclusive, and engaging classroom discussion.

Delivered through interactive sessions on Zoom, the course spans either seven or three sessions, each preceded by an hour of preparatory work. The course provides in-depth learning, focused entirely on designing, implementing, and facilitating synchronous online classroom discussion. Take the next step and develop new teaching skills and improve learning in your classroom.

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Online Course – 3 sessions

An online course designed for higher education instructors and educators with limited time and a strong interest in building new teaching skills.

  • Delivered through three 2-hour online sessions via Zoom
  • Course spans the first three learning modules; building community, defining productive discussion, and facilitating whole group interactions
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 6 hours of continuing education credit
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Online Course – 7 sessions

Our full, most comprehensive online course for instructors looking to increase student engagement in the classroom.

  • Delivered through seven 2-hour online sessions via Zoom
  • Includes the first three modules and builds off prior learning which includes structuring discussion and crafting questions; planning and assessing, critiquing lesson plans, and maintaining community
  • Participants receive a Certificate of Completion for 14 hours of continuing education credit

*Online course requires a minimum of 15 participants from across the school or district area.

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.

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Build more inclusive classroom communities to enhance learning.

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Improve student and instructor engagement and retention.

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Build institutional reputation for teaching quality.

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Strengthen departmental profiles.

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Promote and increase job satisfaction for instructors.

TESTIMONIALS

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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