Facilitating Discussion

#1 - The Seminar Solution

Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Objectives:

    * Present an introductory short talk or brief lecture describing a theory, model or information about a topic that will be discussed by a group following the presentation.
    * Organize the information so that it is easy to understand and can be remembered.
    * Orient the group to think about the specific goal of the discussion that follows.
    * Use a buzz session discussion technique to promote group participation in deriving information leading to a solution to the problem.

#2 - The Round Robin

Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Objectives:

    * Establish the meaning of a question with a discussion group.
    * Using a problem solving pattern, lead the participants in a brainstorming session.
    * Screen the possible solutions and lead the group in deciding what action to take.

#3 - Pilot a Panel

Time: 30 - 40 minutes
Objectives:

    * Select a problem for panel discussion. Select not less than three members in advance to speak on the panel.
    * Define the common goals and the purpose of the panel.
    * Acting as moderator, monitor the panel discussion to inform the audience.

#4 - Make Believe (Role Playing)

Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Objectives:

    * Understand what role-playing is and how to use it effectively in group communication.
    * Select a problem involving human relations in which you may use the role-playing method to illustrate and explore the problem.
    * Create a plot and characters relevant to the discussion problem and select a cast from among the group members.

#5 - The Workshop Leader

Time: 30 - 40 minutes
Objectives:

    * Building group unity, guide the workshop participants in an investigative discussion of the problem.
    * Follow a problem solving pattern to arrive at a solution.
    * Bring the group to an agreement before the discussion ends.