How to Engage Students Online: Increase Participation and Improve Discussions


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This webinar will support you in adopting a blended learning model that combines the best of both worlds: the benefits of in-class instruction with the flexibility of online discussions.

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How to Engage Students Online: Increase Participation and Improve Discussions

  1. 1. How to Engage Students Online: Increase Participation & Improve Discussions
  2. 2. Increase Participation & Improve Discussions <ul><li>Discussions are critical to learning </li></ul><ul><li>What are the benefits of taking discussions online? </li></ul><ul><li>Establish and maintain a safe space online </li></ul><ul><li>Design quality questions </li></ul><ul><li>Get students to say something substantial </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate multimedia </li></ul><ul><li>Weave work online back into the classroom </li></ul>
  3. 3. Discussions are Critical to Learning Classroom Learning Community
  4. 4. Barriers to In-Class Discussions? <ul><li>Discussion dominators </li></ul><ul><li>Shy students </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety associated with speaking </li></ul><ul><li>No time to think or process </li></ul><ul><li>Students are not confident in their “expertise” </li></ul><ul><li>Students rely on teacher for “right” answer </li></ul>
  5. 5. What are the benefits of taking discussions online? More time Equity of voice Increased participation Less anxiety Support asynchronous group work Online transcript Flexibility
  6. 6. Establish & Maintain a Safe Space Online Responsible & Supportive Communication Critique; don’t criticize Use names Compliment Ask questions
  7. 7. Design Quality Questions Inspire Substantive Responses that Drive Discussions
  8. 8. What Does a Strong Question Look Like? Does Reading Cure Racism Do you agree with Angelou’s statement that the only way we as a society will be free of the “blight of ignorance” is if we read and learn about African Heritage? Do you agree that reading, knowledge and education are essential to respecting differences and forming cross racial friendships? If so, why do you agree? If not, what do you think is crucial to eliminating ignorance between racial groups? Design different types of questions Start with a catchy title Incorporate multimedia Layer questions
  9. 9. Incorporate Multimedia Videos Photos PDFs Visually Stimulating Incorporate the best online resources
  10. 10. Get Students to Say Something Substantial Build on other students’ ideas Ask questions Make connections Think outside the box Offer alternative perspectives Include details and evidence Exit strategies
  11. 11. Weave Work Online Back Into the Classroom <ul><li>Review discussion highlights </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up debates </li></ul><ul><li>Answer remaining questions </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss results </li></ul><ul><li>Groups present work done online </li></ul>
  12. 12. Links and Contacts <ul><li>Catlin Tucker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@CTuckerEnglish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Colt Briner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@WisdomofWe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>Contact Us