When you think of a typical classroom, what do you picture? Many of us probably envision 30 or so students, all lined up in rows of desks, staring blankly at a teacher who tries their best to hammer home their curriculum.

At EXPLO, we do things a little differently.

We prioritize student engagement, which is why we design every course and workshop around participation. One strategy we’ve developed to increase engagement in classroom discussions is ECDM: EXPLO's Collaborative Discussion Method.

With ECDM, every student has a hand in the direction of the discussion, ensuring it stays on topic, but also allowing for many perspectives to enlighten the conversation. It reinforces the content in ways a traditional lecture simply can not. Granting students agency in their learning allows them to feel a sense of ownership and pride over the quality of their discussions. It empowers them.