The research team of the Faculty of Cultural Studies (FIB) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) succeeded in becoming one of the grantees of SEAMEO SEAMOLEC from a total of eight research teams who set aside 1070 proposals throughout Indonesia. They are Alies Poetri Lintangsari, M.Li., Ive Emaliana, and Irene Nany Kususmawardani, M.Li., the lecturers of the Study Programme of English Language Education FCS UB who succeeded in developing research entitled ‘Evaluating Ideas and Deciding’: Application of ‘Nominal Group Technique’ in ‘Critical Reading’ Classes to Increase Student Engagement in Online Classes.

The FCS UB research team was visited by the SEAMEO SEAMOLEC for their final report on Wednesday (13/10/2021). The Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Open Learning Center (SEAMOLEC) through the Open and Distance Research Grant (PTJJ) in 2021 has funded this research starting in January 2021. This research uses the Classroom Action Research (CAR) method. The background for carrying out this research is the change in the education system during the pandemic.

The education system underwent significant changes during the pandemic. Remote emergency learning is one of the solutions for continuing education and utilizing technology in learning. Technology has an important influence on its success.

“In addition to the various benefits that technology provides in supporting the learning process, several challenges were also encountered, one of which was the lack of the interaction between educators and students, as well as interaction between fellow students,” said Alies as the chairperson of this research.

“Based on the experience found by the research team who are also educators at the higher education level, in facilitating the learning process, we developed an instructional strategy called the Nominal Socratic Group Technique (TKNS) which we developed by integrating two techniques, namely the Nominal Group Technique and Socratic Questioning. These two techniques have significant potential to increase student participation in discussions with structured and systematic stages, as well as improve critical thinking skills through the application of Socratic questions,” she added.

The purpose of conducting research is to increase the activity and interaction between lecturers and students.

“We hope that this guide can be a solution for educators to improve the quality of learning both online and offline and can help improve students’ critical thinking skills. The application of TKNS can increase the involvement of students in the classroom by ensuring that the interaction of students with the material, the interaction of fellow students, and the interaction of students with lecturers,” she concluded.

Information on grant recipients can be accessed via the link https://seamolec.org/grant-2021. [ZLK/DTS/MSH/PR FCS]