Dr. Patrick Ryan

Discussion Instructions

One-fifth (20%) of your course mark is based on my evaluation of your weekly, prepared participation.  This part of the course demands much more the bodily attendance.  Fifteen percent will by awarded according to participation in discussion; five percent for your performance as a discussion leader (or moderator).

Moderator Schedule is provided in the Course Schedule online (click here)

Discussion Session's Group-Email Addresses:

DL 114 (Ahmed to Fisher): csi-1025-a@uwo.ca

LH 220 (Macdonald to Reeve): csi-1025-c@uwo.ca
BH 107 (Fournie to Liambotis) : csi-1025-b@uwo.ca W 178 (Rodriguez to Wouda): csi-1025-d@uwo.ca

What do Strong Participants Do?

1. Prepare and keep up with the readings. 

How can we meaningfully discuss something you haven't read with care?  Each week, the Professor will provide a Prompting Question for the next week's readings.  As you read, prepare to share your thoughts on this prompt and write a question of your own about the readings. 

2. Bring to class a question about the readings, a note in response to the prompt, and a physical copy of the readings themselves. 

Your question and prompt notes should be written on a piece of paper with your name.  After discussion we will collect them; you will not get them back.  You cannot email your questions and prompt responses to me, you have to be present.  You will be asked to share your questions, and we will use the paper as a record of attendance and preparation.

3. Read your question, Respond to the Prompt, Ask questions of others.

The Moderators will begin discussion with a round of questions from you.  During that round of reading questions, listening to them, commenting or providing answers to them... we may interject my own questions.  As the discussion develops you will have an opportunity to introduce your questions or provide thoughts on the issues raised by others.  This is what strong participants do.


What do strong Moderators Do?

Over 11 or 12 discussion sessions, everyone (typically in groups of 2) will be given an opportunity to lead the session.  These details will be worked-out during the first week of class when we make the commentator schedule. 

Steps for moderators:

1) Prepare as all participants (see above).

2) Circulate to your group via your email list your preparatory sheet (question and prompt note) at least one full day prior to class.

3) Begin moderating the discussion with a circle of questions and from your peers.  Interject your own, call on others; e.g. moderate the discussion that ensues.