We encourage all members of the Rice community to join our annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning held each January. Celebrating the outstanding teaching at Rice, the Symposium provides space for colleagues to share insights across disciplines and explore current scholarship on teaching and learning.


Rice University's Fifth Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning

Friday, January 5th, 2018
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Brockman 101

Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumnae/i Welcome

11:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks

11:10 AM

"Why Won't They Talk: Using Discussion to Facilitate Learning"

Dr. Jay Howard
Butler University
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Acting Dean, College of Communication
Professor of Sociology


Faculty often wish to engage students in class discussion, but sometimes our efforts fall flat and we give up.  Why should we seek to engage students?  What classroom norms sometimes undermine students’ participation?  Which students are most likely to participate and to choose not to participate? How can an instructor manage both the dominant talkers and the quieter students?  We will engage each of these questions utilizing a review of the research to identify ways to structure class discussion to engage students and maximize learning.

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12:30 PM

Lunch and Workshop