Presenting and sharing data with the students can help them stay focused on objective criteria. Experienced seminar facilitators often track data, often as some type of conversation map, or by using an app like Equity Maps®. The collected information can be nearly anything, such as: the total number of times people spoke, the number of interruptions, the number of questions that were asked, and the average time per speaker.
The data itself could lead to interesting conversations and future seminars. Having an entire seminar on the group’s data could lead to fascinating reflective insights. Is the data telling us what we want to know? What do we want to know? What are our dialogue goals? Does better balance create better conversation? What is a “good” conversation? Is the data helping us understand the text better? How much silence is good?
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