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Recommended Citation: Bakke, S.  Flat Classroom Discussions? Try This Sure-Fire Way to Get Students Involved.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2008, v 25 (Phoenix): §3332. ISSN: 1542-7382.
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Flat Classroom Discussions? Try This Sure-Fire Way to Get Students Involved

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Refereed11 pages
Sharen Bakke    [a1] [a2]
Department of Computer and Information Sciences
Cleveland State University    [u1] [u2]
Cleveland, Ohio, USA    [c1] [c2]

Classroom discussions are often flat and lifeless because students donít read the materials to be discussed prior to the class. The professor spends the majority of the class period asking questions. Students respond with either blank stares or inconsequential answers. This paper introduces and describes a Sure-Fire way to improve student participation in classroom discussions. Students are required to write a one-page, double-spaced summary of the mini-cases to be discussed. This technique ensures students have read the materials; they have a better understanding of the concepts and are more likely to be actively involved in classroom discussions. Results of a student survey indicate that students are ambivalent toward the enjoyment of writing but consider themselves to be good writers. Although they felt writing the summaries helped them understand the concepts more fully, this comprehension did not transfer to the same degree for doing well in the exams.

Keywords: classroom discussions, pedagogical techniques, active learning, writing-to-learn

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