Discussion based teaching


Many courses at master’s level are taught as discussion-based classes with 20-40 participants. Even though the conditions for student participation may seem optimal, many teachers struggle to motivate the students to take part in discussions during class – sometimes  the students seem unprepared and sometimes the discussion moves in the wrong direction.  

The purpose of this workshop is to give you some tools and strategies that you can use to activate students in discussion-based classes. The workshop will focus on 1) how to clearly define course expectations/policies, 2) how to communicate to students that their active participation requires that they prepare for each session, and 3) how to plan in-class and out-of-class activities.

The workshop draws on the participants’ experiences with teaching discussion-based classes such as seminars.  


A presentation on student preparation and defining course expectations/policies

Testing different activities and tools that can be used to engage students in discussions, e.g. question techniques

Sharing experiences with colleagues and working with your own course material.

Bring the learning objectives for your course    

General information

Target audience: Experienced teachers (associate professors and full professors) at Aarhus BSS. 

Scope: 30 minutes preparation, 3 hours workshop

Number of participants: 10-20 

Venue: Campus Aarhus

Price: The workshop is free of charge for employees at AU

Language: Danish / English


This workshop can be requested as a 'tailor-made' workshop if you and 3-5 of your colleagues are interested or as a specially adapted presentation at academic events at Aarhus BSS.

Workshop responsibles/lecturers

Workshop secretary

Julie Lykke Facius

Member of Administrative Staff