If there is one thing we’ve learned from the Semester 1 experience, it’s that delivering live classes online is hard! Many of us have seen big improvements in attendance levels but does this make students feel more anonymous and dislocated? Is the challenge of getting students to interact, contribute and collaborate even greater?
In this session, Amir Homayoon (Homy) Ashrafzadeh (School of Science) explored how ice-breakers and team building exercises can be used online to help students feel more confident and connected in the virtual classroom. Homy has a wealth of experience in running active, team-based sessions in face-to-face contexts and he will describe how he has adapted some small group activities for his large course cohort. He reflected on both successes and failures to highlight the importance of being adaptable, creative and open with students.
The video below is an edited version of the webinar Homy conducted. The group activity, technical glitches and Q&A have been removed.
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Share your favourite icebreaker and/or team activity
Do you have a favourite icebreaker or team activity that you use with your students that you’d like to share. Go to https://www.menti.com/6kybxzcijm and type in your activity.
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Solutions Lab Sessions
- Solutions Lab 8- Using Paralinguistic digital cues (textisms, likes, GIFs, emoticons and emoji) to strengthen connection and engagement with your students
- Solutions Lab 17: Facilitating Supporting Teamwork
- Solutions Lab 15: Encouraging students to deeply engage & actively participate
- Solutions Lab 1: Teaching in Teams
- 27 Ridiculously Fun Icebreaker Games & Activities In 2020 For Your Next Meeting
- 21 Free Fun IceBreakers for Online Teaching, Students & Virtual and Remote Teams
- Virtual Ice Breakers – Bringing Remote Workers Together, MindTools
- 12 icebreakers for the College Classroom – OSU.EDU
- Icebreaker ideas for students learning remotely University of Washington
- Students as Partners: Peer Support icebreakers (Manchester University)
- A Game a Day: Fun and Dynamic Synchronous Online Learning – Faculty Focus
Episode 44 – Lecture Breaker Podcast & Show Notes.
Chad shares 8-10 strategies you can use in your synchronous and asynchronous courses to increase student engagement, connection, and participation.
He advocates for “connection before content” because when your students feel connected, heard, and seen, they are more likely to participate and be engaged.
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