Planning For Peer Learning

How much time does interaction take?

A speaker recently reached out to me about an upcoming session he’s planning. Based upon his experience in one of my sessions, he really wants to be thoughtful about incorporating meaningful interaction to trigger reflection and peer learning.


He asked me a really practical question: During your session, you regularly had us (the audience) confer with a colleague to associate your material with our experience. How long do you give for each of these exercises?

Great question. Here’s what I recommend: The amount of time to allot depends upon the level of response you’re asking for from your learners.

For example:


: If you’re asking for an opinion, a quick reflective discussion or soliciting a reaction, allow for a 3-5 min discussion with partner and then select a few report outs.

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