The Hot Seat is a discussion-based activity that requires students enrolled in a biology course for non-majors to pose a question to the class that is related to the current lecture topic and facilitate a brief class discussion. This paper describes the Hot Seat, how it is assessed, and how it has influenced students’ attitudes toward the course and biology in general. The Hot Seat has been successful in increasing students’ understanding of biology, their appreciation of its relevance to their lives, and in-class participation.

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