This instructional technique comes from CTLT’s Instructional Skills Workshop materials. How do you think this technique can and should be adapted to interdisciplinary learning contexts and content?


In a panel, several people discuss an assigned topic with the group. The information is presented by these experts with an exchange between panel members, instructor, and learners.

Instructor’s Role

  • select and invite experts
  • meet with panel to discuss procedures
  • inform class of advance reading and research required
  • organize setting, introduce panel members and topic, moderate, summarize panel contributions, suggest follow-up activities

Learners’ Role

  • do advance reading and research as advised
  • associate new information with previous experiences
  • identify and integrate new ideas
  • apply new information through follow-up activities

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