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Facilitating: In-Class Presentations, Discussions, and Activities. Susan M. Stein DHEd , MS, BS Pharm , RPh. Learning Objectives. Identify and analyze effective presentation styles and facilitation formats Evaluate effective active learning

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facilitating in class presentations discussions and activities

Facilitating: In-Class Presentations, Discussions, and Activities

Susan M. Stein

DHEd, MS, BS Pharm, RPh

To Do the VooDoo That You Do So Well

learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Identify and analyze effective presentation styles and facilitation formats
  • Evaluate effective active learning
  • Describe effective and concise course and syllabus design
  • Analyze rubric evaluation tools
facilitating guidelines
Facilitating Guidelines
  • Scale: you should ease students into your goal. Give them small items first then grow
  • Engage students: learn their names and call on them at least once per term
  • Group work: assign responsibilities and set ground rules to increase effective interaction
  • Keep it simple: use the time you allotted, don’t go over
  • Summarize and feedback loops

Blah, Blah, Blah with Blinds

facilitating guidelines1
Facilitating Guidelines
  • Engage students: fear factor
  • Scale: ease them in
  • Group work tip: assign responsibilities, set ground rules
  • Move around the room: direct attention
  • Guiding terms: avoid providing answers
  • Keep it simple: use time allotted
  • Close the loop: summarize and provide feedback

Detail Driven

why are you here teaching learning
Why are You Here: Teaching Learning

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled” – Plutarch

…in any way you can 


in the news before we get started
In The News: Before we get started…
  • Florida: DEA action at 2 pharmacies


  • New York: Fraudulent Prescriptions


  • Oregon: Pharmacy Tech stealing


Avoid a Jinx…Use Live Links

example activity think pair share
Example Activity: Think-Pair-Share
  • Identify two concepts that you are passionate about in your field of study
  • Pair with a partner, share and discuss
  • Be prepared to discuss with the class

Clear as a Spring Day

example activity think write pair share
Example Activity: Think-Write-Pair-Share
  • Using the Lecture Design Map as a guide…
  • Create one activity for your lecture
  • Write two assessment questions to directly address this activity
  • Switch with the person next to you, assess

Jolly Good

activity project buzz group
Activity: Project Buzz Group
  • Divide into groups focused on one of 4 groups: course/syllabus design, teaching and facilitation methods, active learning techniques, rubric design.
    • Identify what project you will work on
    • Divide into and discuss with a small group
    • Present to groups and incorporate input prn
    • Be prepared to verbally present to entire group
student push back
Student Push-Back
  • Patience and Persistence: Don’t give up
  • Explain: understanding  participation
  • Form a Faculty Learning Community
  • Incrementally introduce > engaging activities
  • Provided guided directions, expectations: exams require thinking not just memorizing
  • Hold students accountable
challenges in human wiring
Challenges in Human Wiring
  • View the following video and count the following:
    • Number of times the ball is passed between the white players (with or without bouncing)



activity participants present
Activity: Participants Present
  • Your colleagues will be presenting examples of the following:
    • Teaching Methods
    • Active Learning Methods
    • Rubrics

Please provide input for your colleagues:

    • What do you like about it?
    • How would you improve it?


  • Reenergize: embrace, renew and feed your passion to teach…we need you! 
  • Create Your Style of teaching: you must be who you are
  • Challenge students and yourself: you are both capable of more than you think
  • Nothing goes well all the time: learn from it and move on