Facilitating Effective Discussions Coffee Course

ANU Online are pleased to present the next Coffee Course: Facilitating Effective Discussions. Perfect for Kambri Teachers and those working in collaborative learing spaces who want to promote deep and active learning.

This online course will provide an overview of how we can effectively plan and facilitate in-class and online discussions to enhance student learning. It will explore pedagogical approaches underpinning discussions, facilitation techniques and a range of activities that can be employed to achieve vibrant discussions.



  • Day 1 - Intro to the discussion approach - the what and why
  • Day 2 - How to facilitate effective face to face discussions
  • Day 3 - Facilitating discussions in online environments
  • Day 4 - Broader facilitation challenges and solutions


Course Dates

Monday, 25 March - Thursday, 28 March 2019 

There will be 4 blog posts, one per day, that will take about 15-20 minutes to work through. 


All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University and beyond to join us for this course. To participate, simply subscribe to the blogsite by entering your email. For recognition of completing this course ANU staff can register via Horus by searching AOC23 (or look for course called "Facilitating Effective Discussions" in the Training Catalogue.)



Karlene Dickens is a Learning Technologist with the ANU Online Team. Karlene loves the fluid and dynamic nature of facilitating group discussions and is continuously inspired by the transformation and growth that occurs for both the group as a whole and the individuals within it. Karlene has facilitated numerous groups in diverse settings both face-to-face and online, including corporate, community and university environments.

Rebecca Ng is a Learning Technologist with the ANU Online team. She describes herself as a “partial cyborg” as she believes that technology has changed the way she thinks and approaches her daily life. More importantly, it has changed the way we perceive and learn. Hence, she is interested in researching new pedagogical approaches that can effectively integrate different technologies to support higher education.



Please contact EdDesign@anu.edu.au

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