Why professors should “cold call” on students to foster participation

August 26, 2016

“In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need to call on students to get them to participate,” writes David Gooblar for Chronicle Vitae, but the reality is that professors will often have to call on students at random to solicit the desired level of participation. Critics of such “cold calling” might argue that it puts students on the spot and increases anxiety. Yet Gooblar cites research and personal experience that demonstrate that the practice offers a net positive for classrooms by helping students learn to speak up as a matter of habit. Chronicle Vitae