Facilitating Effective Discussions (CTE1228)

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
Location: In-person (MC 2036)
Note: This workshop is primarily intended for TAs in arts, environment and health who teach discussion-based tutorials/seminars.
Facilitator: Amanda Nova (CTE) and Giuseppe Femia (CTE)

Workshop description

Discussion-based tutorials and seminars allow students to articulate their ideas, respond to their classmates' points, and develop skills in evaluating the evidence for their own and others' positions.  Initiating and sustaining lively, productive discussions are among the most challenging activities for a teaching assistant (TA). In this workshop, you will participate in small group discussions on issues such as how to start and guide a discussion, how to deal with problem situations and prevent the discussion from deteriorating, and how to encourage student participation. Groups will share their responses so we can all benefit from each other's experiences.

This workshop is offered on campus to allow you to practice in-person teaching skills or to model best practices for in-person teaching.

Workshop delivery

This session will take place on the Waterloo campus in room MC-2036.



This workshop has limited enrolment spots and often has a waiting list. If you have registered but can't attend the workshop, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing cte@uwaterloo.ca. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.