Facilitating Discussions

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Discovery 1 Building, Room 140
915 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208


Active learning within college and university learning environments has gained increased attention over the past few years. The implementation of discussions is a way in which instructors can raise the level of student engagement within their courses. Throughout this presentation, participating faculty members will get exposure to a few discussion techniques. The presentation will include strategies for facilitating discussions for face-to-face and online learning classrooms. The presenter will engage participants in a “lived experience” and encourage them to reflect on ways discussion strategies can be implanted within the context of their respective courses. There will be multiple opportunities for discussions and questions throughout and at the end of the presentation.

Attendees are encouraged to bring an outline of a class session or a course syllabus to make the application of the content presented authentic.



Lydia Frass
Senior Instructional Designer
Center for Teaching Excellence


Lydia Frass is a senior instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence. She works with faculty in online course design and conducts quality assurance reviews. In addition, she facilitates our Instructional Designer’s Community of Practice. Lydia earned her Ph.D. in Adult Education and Master of Public Health from The University of Southern Mississippi. Before joining CTE, she coordinated the South Carolina Public Health Training Center, which provides professional development opportunities for current and future public health practitioners.

Nate Carnes
Associate Professor, Department of Instruction and Teacher Education
Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Nate Carnes is the Associate Director in the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to three education degrees and a permanent Ohio teaching certificate, he earned his Ph.D. in Education Administration with an emphasis in science education at Miami University (OH). His teaching performances that span almost 40 years have resulted in awards and citations of excellence at the University of South Carolina, state, regional and international levels. Among these citations, Carnes is the recipient of the prestigious 2007 ASTE Science Teacher Educator of the Year, a recognition of international distinction; South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education 2018 Jennifer L. Wilson Teaching Excellence; and the College of Education 2011 Lee Maidment Spirit of Service awards. Carnes’ scholarly activities explore pedagogical issues and innovations within and beyond science education.