Student-Led Discussion

The instructor steps back and lets learners lead the discussion. Learners need to be prepared with the material and discussion topics ahead of time, the goals of the discussion made clear, and the class should assist the leader in contributing to the success of the discussion through engaged participation.

Individual/Group Activity Group
Class SizeSmall (<25)
Bloom’s Taxonomy LevelApply
Development InitialAbsolute Knowing
Minimum Time to FacilitateVaries
Minimum Time to Debrief< 10 Minutes

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