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Active Learning in Blackboard: Panel Discussions

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Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions

Typically, Panel discussions are a group of experts talking about a particular topic to an audience. In this case, the students become the authority on a specific topic and present their finding to the class. Each panelist is expected to make a very short presentation, and then the floor is opened to questions from “the audience”.

Panel discussions adds interest and engages students in the learning process. It can also be used to help students develop speaking skills and give the participant the opportunity to practice using the language of the discipline.

Blackboard Panel Discussions

This method of active learning can be very effective in helping students learn a variety of topics. To create a Panel Discussion in Blackboard, the instructor would first create groups (See my post, Active Learning in Blackboard: Jigsaw Group Projects to see how to create groups.)

Once the groups has organized and sufficiently prepped for the panel discussion, several tools could be used to do the presentation such as a conferencing tool. Blackboard Collaborate is a feature used by many schools, but other collaboration tools such as Skype, WebEx, or Big Blue Button. You could also use the discussion board of live chat.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

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