Speed dating activities in the classroom
It's an opportunity for people to quickly meet a large number of people to potentially date.
Attendees are paired with each person attending the session for two minutes.
In reflecting upon their feedback, I had an epiphany: speaking directly with others about their work is similar to dating.
In dating you have to ask questions to get to know each other and you must have a conversation to learn about the other’s experiences.
Planning the event requires thought and organization.This sharing can be done in class or in a written format, which can be compiled and distributed to the entire class.The feedback in my class following this activity confirmed for me that this format was a richer learning experience than a traditional panel discussion. Teaching without telling: Contemporary pedagogical theory put into practice.One student remarked that she felt they were getting a special backstage pass to connect with professionals in their field.
The activity allowed for deep learning and sparked inquiry into the profession that carried throughout the semester.
Presumably, the other attendees share similar goals and expectations when they decide to participate in speed dating activities.