This sharing can be done in class or in a written format, which can be compiled and distributed to the entire class.
The feedback in my class following this activity confirmed for me that this format was a richer learning experience than a traditional panel discussion. Teaching without telling: Contemporary pedagogical theory put into practice.
Prior to the actual event, the questions should be sent to the panelists so they can organize their thoughts.
The students in the class should be provided with short biographies for each panelist.
“Remember when they made us carve pumpkins in the shape of our logo?
The activity allowed for deep learning and sparked inquiry into the profession that carried throughout the semester.
The panel discussion is a valuable, time-tested teaching technique used in classrooms of all types to help students understand the experiences of a particular group of people. As I moved into the graduate classroom as a teacher of students studying higher education I realized I had a short time (one semester) to introduce and expose my students to the vast array of functions in the area of student affairs/student services.
My previous experiences facilitating successful panel discussions led me to believe that a panel would be a good method to use here. In an effort to create a panel that represented a diversity of functions and practitioners, I ended up with too many panelists and, consequently, an ineffective exercise.
Then you can decide whether you want to pursue that person… Employing a speed dating model in the classroom in place of a panel can be an effective way for students to learn a variety of perspectives in a short amount of time.
This model improves and enhances student engagement and “creates learning that is active, collaborative, and fosters learning relationships” (Zepke and Leach, 2013).