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Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice

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Ryan Ditchfield, an Instructor at Fresno State, creatively organizes group discussions providing students an opportunity to self-assign themselves to a group discussion topic that interest them in his "Eyewitness Identification-FTB 159T" class. In the group discussions they have the choice to pick a role - Researcher, Eyewitness, Defense Attorney, Police Officer, Suspect, and Timekeeper and throughout the semester the students will also be changing to a different group and also change their role. This example represents student choice and group roles in discussions.

QLT Objectives Met

  • QLT Section 4: Student Interaction and Community
    • Objective: 4.5 The modes and outcomes for student interaction are clearly communicated.
  • QLT Section 5: Facilitation and Instruction
    • Objective: 5.4 The instructor empowers students with choices to encourage the exploration of new concepts and new perspectives through the course experience.


Additional Information

  • Material Type: Discussion
  • Author: Ryan Ditchfield, Instructor
  • Institution: California State University, Fresno
  • Date Created: 2022-09-27
  • Course Format:   Online

QM Standard Equivalents

  • QM General Standard 5: Learning Activities and Learner Interaction
  • Standard: 5.4 The requirements for learner interaction are clearly stated.