Let me give you a bit more information on how I envision the discussion sessions on Fridays.
Assigned reading will usually consist of 1-3 journal papers.
The discussion leaders will review the important aspects of the paper in about 15 minutes, assuming that everybody read the paper. You may want to focus on explaining a more complex approach taken by the paper, or put the paper in the context of previous work. Make sure to coordinate with your discussion partner(s) as to how to best divide up this task. You should be able to answer specific questions people may have. You should view this as an oportunity to practice your presentation and teaching skills.
You will subsequently lead a discussion of the paper(s). In preparation for this discussion, the leaders (and the participants) need to develop questions and talking points to stimulate and guide the discourse. You should strive to involve everybody by asking questions and provoking comments.At the end of this discussion we should have a good sense of:
Finally, the discussion leaders will write up a short summary of the discussion and e-mail it to me within one week, to be posted on the web.
In addition to discussions about the research papers, you should feel free to bring up more general questions related to that week's topics and lecture.
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