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CTE - Teaching Excellence Program: Moderating Discussions

This guide provides information about the Center for Teaching Excellence's professional development calendar, resources, and trainings series.

Moderating Discussions Overview

As part of the Teaching Excellence Program, you may volunteer to moderate discussions among your colleagues. As a moderator, your role is to facilitate discussion, guide productive lines of conversation, and when necessary, correct or redirect unproductive ones.  The following notes offer guidelines for faculty who are moderating a CTE event. 

 

20-Minute Mentor

For those faculty members who are moderating a 20-Minute Mentor discussion, you are expected to moderate a discussion on the topic presented for about 30 minutes.

 

On the day of the screening, you will be expected to

  • provide a sign-in sheet with the name of the presentation and date
  • provide copies of the supplemental materials and slides provided through the website
  • arrive to the designated location at least ten minutes prior to the screening to upload the website
  • return the sign-in sheet to the CTE Director following the discussion

 

The following are some guidelines to help you be successful:

  • pre-screen the mentor video and generate a list of key topics
    • contact the CTE for assistance logging into the website if needed
  • generate a list of questions that will help you begin the conversation
  • conduct additional research into the topic that may help to supplement the discussion
  • prepare a list of ways you have applied this information / will apply it in the future

 

 

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

For those faculty members who are moderating a brown bag lunch discussion, you will be expected to briefly present on the topic (5-7 minutes) before opening up the topic for about 40 minutes of discussion.

 

On the day of the discussion, you will be expected to

  • provide a sign-in sheet with the name of the presentation and date
  • provide copies of any supplemental materials you have created and had approved by the CTE
  • arrive to the designated location at least ten minutes prior to the discussion
  • return the sign-in sheet to the CTE Director following the discussion

 

The following are some guidelines to help you be successful:

  • prepare a set of brief remarks to help introduce your topic
  • review remarks prior to the presentation and time them to ensure you are within the limit
  • generate a list of questions that will help you begin the conversation
  • prepare a list of ways you have applied this information / will apply it in the future
  • conduct additional research into the topic that may help to supplement the discussion