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Interactivity in Virtual Classrooms (ivocalize)


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Interactivity in Virtual Classrooms (ivocalize)

  1. 1. Interactivity in a Virtual Classroom (iVocalize) Michael Coghlan March 15, 2007
  3. 3. How do you communicate in here? <ul><li>Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>whiteboard </li></ul>
  4. 4. COMMUNICATING - Voice
  5. 5. COMMUNICATING – Text
  6. 6. MULTIPLE VENUE PRESENTATIONS (MVPs) remote students guest lecturer CLASSROOM/ F2F VENUE public space
  7. 7. What do we mean by Interactivity? <ul><li>Long association with computer assisted learning </li></ul><ul><li>Has usually meant interactive programs (CD, website) - predictable </li></ul><ul><li>In a virtual classroom it refers to ‘true interactivity’ ie interaction with other people – unpredictable, unscripted </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why does Interactivity Matter? <ul><li>Learning is a social experience </li></ul><ul><li>Increases level of exploration; students more likely to engage with content and not just ‘consume’ it’ </li></ul><ul><li>Aids critical thinking, higher order thinking, problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Online : interactive experiences much more enjoyable </li></ul>
  9. 9. Good in theory but……. <ul><li>Very hard in practice </li></ul><ul><li>Influence of transmission model </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum/time restraints – an interactive approach can take longer </li></ul><ul><li>Students may need to be taught to interact, collaborate , and trust each other </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do you ‘do interactivity’ in a virtual classroom?
  11. 11. Participants can: <ul><li>Participate in 2 way voice chat </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in 2 way text chat </li></ul><ul><li>Use the whiteboard (compose text, draw pictures, upload images) </li></ul><ul><li>View slides and URLs </li></ul>
  13. 13. Presenters can: <ul><li>Do all the things a participant can do PLUS </li></ul><ul><li>Upload content </li></ul><ul><li>Create new screens </li></ul><ul><li>Display URLs </li></ul>
  14. 14. Interactivity: Golden Rules <ul><li>Don’t talk for more than 5 minutes at a time! ie ‘chunk’ the session </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t assume you know it all </li></ul>
  15. 15. Other Strategies to Increase Interactivity <ul><li>Ask students where/who they are </li></ul><ul><li>‘Fill them out’ as real people </li></ul><ul><li>Share some information about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t underestimate the value of small talk </li></ul><ul><li>show a map so people can mark where they are </li></ul>
  16. 16. Other Strategies to Increase Interactivity : <ul><li>Ask questions – esp open questions </li></ul><ul><li>Global (to the group) and individual </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage questions and comments </li></ul><ul><li>Exploit the whiteboard: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inserting images (have students prepare some) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For fun (especially before session, during breaks) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Other Strategies to Increase Interactivity : <ul><li>Ask for feedback regularly via </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whiteboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poll </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emoticons </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Progress Check <ul><li>We could use emoticons….. </li></ul><ul><li>Or do a quick poll: </li></ul><ul><li>How is everyone feeling about the session so far? </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfied </li></ul><ul><li>Very Satisfied </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Dissatisfied </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other Strategies to Increase Interactivity : <ul><li>Hold group discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Do these examples of interactivity seem practical in your teaching/work situation? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Other Strategies to Increase Interactivity : <ul><li>Enable all channels of communication (when appropriate) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage student to student communication – </li></ul><ul><li>especially text chat </li></ul>
  21. 21. Other Strategies to Increase Interactivity <ul><li>Conduct web tours </li></ul><ul><li>Have students lead web tours </li></ul>
  22. 22. Pre and Post Session <ul><li>Open the room early </li></ul><ul><li>Get there early (social time, informal question time) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow discussion to continue post session </li></ul>
  23. 23. VIRTUAL CLASSROOM: <ul><li>a presentation tool? </li></ul><ul><li>a collaboration tool? </li></ul>
  24. 25. Live Online Presentations <ul><li>Golden Rule : 5 minutes talking at a stretch maximum </li></ul><ul><li>Intersperse presentations with questions, polls, other speakers (from the floor), whiteboard activity </li></ul><ul><li>Decide how to handle direct messaging – will you monitor/respond? Or ignore it? Dip in and out of it? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider working with a producer/co-presenter </li></ul><ul><li>More at </li></ul>
  25. 26. What kinds of activities can be held in virtual classrooms? <ul><li>TEACHING </li></ul><ul><li>‘ straight lectures’ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Guest lecturers / </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentations </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Group work </li></ul><ul><li>Office hours </li></ul><ul><li>Social: student - student </li></ul>
  26. 27. What kinds of activities can be held in virtual classrooms? <ul><li>PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences, seminars, workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Training sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings (much more cost effective than teleconferencing) </li></ul>
  27. 28. Is this the classroom of the future?