Associate Professor Mia Skytte O'Tools and a colleague worked together to improve the students' ability to discuss their readings at a higher level. In order to do that they needed to structure the way in which students prepared for class.
By giving feedback, students strengthen their knowledge and retention and they practice arguing for their opinions. By receiving feedback, the students get an eye for good and less good aspects of their assignment.
The activity offers the students a chance to reflect on a question, a problem, or a dilemma and then to discuss their thoughts with a fellow learner and, thus, develop their capability of arguing.
The students get help for their preparation. Thus, there is more time for delving into specific problems/issues during class.