Teaching Tuesdays: Making Learner-to-Learner Connections: Group Activities Online. How do I best engage students during synchronous class sessions? Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels You decided to offer synchronous class sessions to your students, but how do you make these lively, engaging, interactive, and worthwhile?
Simply transferring what you do in your land-based in-person classroom to the virtual platform is not possible. Videoconferencing tools and platforms, such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Echo360 are a fairly new medium. They can transform an online class into an active learning community. To fully use the possibilities these tools offer, you need to consider the specifics of this medium and intentionally redesign the content and learning activities for it (Hersh, 2020).
Before the Session: Preparation & Structure Create a pathway for learning. Flip your class. Consider how students who can’t attend the synchronous class session will achieve the intended learning outcomes. Pay attention to your settings on the video conferencing platform that you use. Show students how to change their name and background on Zoom.
Leading Synchronous Online Discussions. By Heather N.
Fedesco, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching After you’ve considered the advice offered in the Synchronous Meetings Overview section, you may now be ready to identify the different ways you can incorporate synchronous online discussions as a way to include interactional activities into your online course. In what follows, I provide suggestions for incorporating group discussions into your videoconferencing. Small Group Activities... Online - THE CENTER FOR TEACHING, LEARNING, AND ASSESSMENT @CGCC. Small group activities... online?
Institutions of higher education around the world are providing their faculty with resources for online instruction that is active and engaging - read on for ideas, tips, tricks, and recommended practices. Here is a sample of some of the activities in this BU article - check this week's blog post for the full chart, as well as resources from other universities. I hope you enjoy these ideas from Boston University!
For more useful teaching & learning resources, keep an eye on the CTLA blog. DON'T FORGET - if you have other questions about Teaching, Learning, and/or Assessment, contact the CTLA! REMINDER... this week's LOL (Live Online... You've been wishing for months that Webex wold allow you to break students into small groups - well, the Webex Breakout Sessions feature is now available! Career and Professional Development. The PROBLEM, ACTION, RESULT formula to capture accomplishment statements Problem: What was a problem or task that you were assigned at work?
Action: What action did you take to solve the problem and complete the task? Result: After your action, what was the end result for your employer organization? Remote Learning in Higher Ed with Flipgrid — Flipgrid. How to Get Students Engaging with Each Other in Online or Blended Classes – Teaching in Higher Ed. This article originally appeared in Bonni Stachowiak's Toward Better Teaching: Office Hours Column on EdSurge.
It is reposted here with permission. You can pose a question for a future column here. Dear Bonni: How can we make student-to-student interaction more personable and engaging in online learning? —Andrea Fuentes, Director of Online Learning, Doral College Cultivating an engaging environment can be a challenge when teaching online. Make it Easy for Students to Interact It can be a delicate balance to try to not overwhelm students by the quantity of educational technology we use in a class, while still keeping things interesting through the element of surprise. As an example of the kind of tool that is easy to use, I was recently introduced to a brainstorming tool called Tricider (thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock, faculty mentor for digital innovation at California Community Colleges). Students can add ideas, pros and cons, and vote on items.
Rethink Discussion Boards. Best Student-Collaboration Tools.
Has only k-12 listed but a lot of these tools could be used effectively for our purposes without making Fellows feel like children – mrodcfsi
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20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration. The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. This doesn’t come as a big surprise since these types of tools are fun and engaging.
They also support 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. You know what else teachers like? Good quality tools that are free! And why not? This week on EmergingEdTech, we’ve put together a listing of 20 top notch free tools that are being used in schools and classrooms to collaborate and interact on assignments, projects, and other active learning efforts. These tools deliver a wide array of functionality, from communication to collaborative document editing, whiteboards, and gaming, to full Learning Management System capabilities. 1.
Twiddle provides a really easy to use collaborative online whiteboard. 2. 3. 4.