So, attendees meet a large number of people in a short period of time, The goal, of course, is to find one or more people with whom you'd like to spend more time on an actual date.
Participants exchange names and contact information during the two minutes so that they can connect with the people who appealed to them following the speed dating session.
The design should be intentional and well-thought-out.
At the end of the two minutes, the people move to their next partner.
Introductions and icebreakers; helping students cover a lot of material (e.g., sharing what they learned from readings); starting class discussion¬; allowing all students to speak without taking a lot of class time. Each person interviews the other, with questions provided by the instructor. Effects of small-group learning on undergraduates in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology: A meta-analysis.
Then the pair finds another couple and forms a quad.
They spend a few minutes with one of the “sitting” students discussing the current topic on the board. It’s just like speed dating, but the goal is to end with debate, not a date. I had my “sitting” students sit on the inside of the circle so the other half could just rotate around the outside.
There is a small amount of prep that goes into this. It just made more logistical sense in my classroom.