PEER WORKSHOPS suggestions


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SUGGESTIONS FOR PEER WORKSHOPS Workshops are not simply group discussions where members exchange personal opinions or share personal experiences. Instead, workshops are meant to offer a focused exploration of a member's project with the learning community responding to the information and building on each other's thoughts. Discussions usually should be limited to the project being workshopped and comments should always be tactfully presented and probing questions voiced. No one in a workshop is supposed to have the "right" answer. The mode is one of searching, because the member whose paper is being workshopped is likewise searching. The learning community must recognize that the full significance of any given experience may not be immediately apparent, but can often be drawn out through probing questions and discussion. Everyone should participate . Each member of the learning community should thoroughly read the papers scheduled to be presented, responded to them in the margins or on the back of the project, and be ready to follow the line of thought as well as to add to it. All comments are to be taken seriously, and since all participants are presumed to be searching, there should be no judgements attached to any question or comment (no matter how simple or obvious it may seem). Since the workshop is an attempt to "plumb the depths of the group mind," no single person, however eloquent or acute, should take over and dominate the conversation. Perhaps it is an indication if someone makes three consecutive comments that she or he should allow others time to think, ask questions, and to respond. The aim , ultimately, of a workshop discussion is to provide helpful feedback to members of our learning community. The purpose of the serious attention given to a member's writing project by a group of college-level thinkers is to see and consider together a piece of in- progress writing, so that single view-points may be enlarged and enlightened. There may be times when dissent arises, but if each member determines to be considerate and open-minded to others experiences and views, the end result will be solid, productive feedback which can enhance each paper presented. Workshop Responses:
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2009 for the course ENGINEER 367 taught by Professor Minor during the Spring '09 term at Ohio State.

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