Many STEMM courses include an opportunity for students to work together in small teams to produce, deliver and peer-assess a presentation. However, finding an effective online space for groups to work in is not easy, especially if the activity is part of a longer live timetabled session. In Collaborate Ultra or MSTeams, the obvious approach is to set up breakout rooms; but, as many of us are discovering, breakout rooms can be awkward to facilitate, especially when you need groups to share their work with the larger cohort. With repeated switches between the main room and breakout spaces, students can feel disembodied and confused – not surprising then that it is rarely seen as an effective collaborative workspace!
In this session, Nick Bardell (School of Engineering) demonstrated how he has successfully managed to run student presentation workshops in Collaborate Ultra. Working in small teams, students are tasked with producing and delivering a live, online presentation using the video collaboration tool Flipgrid. The videos are then shared with the whole cohort and students are encouraged to vote and comment on each other’s work. Nick shares some examples of the students’ work, showing how they have quickly adapted to the tools to produce high quality, creative video presentations. He reflected on the benefits to their professional development, embedding contemporary skills (digital storytelling, digital literacy, online communication and collaborative problem solving) in the curriculum.
The video below is an edited version of Nick’s session, questions and answers and technology glitches removed.
- Login to Flipgrid (Note: you can use your RMIT login to create your Educator account or post to a Flipgrid board)
- Flipgrid ; An engaging alternative to discussion boards
Similar Solutions Lab Sessions
- Solutions Lab; Using Flipgrid (Video Discussion Board)
- Solutions Lab 16: Delivering; Redesigning Lab Classes for Virtual, Remote Teaching
- Solutions Lab 17: Facilitating & Supporting Teamwork
Try out Flipgrid
There is a live Flipgrid which staff can contribute to on the SISTER post Student Stories Episode 2. Record a short (2 mins max) video of yourself talking about your best and/or worse experience of engaging students online – upload it and enjoy watching other people’s contributions!
- Bartlett, M. (2018). Using Flipgrid to Increase Students’ Connectedness in an Online Class. ELearn Magazine. Retrieved 28/8/ 2020
- Green, T., & Green, J. (2018). Flipgrid: Adding Voice and Video to Online Discussions. TechTrends, 62(1), 128–130. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-017-0241-x
- Miskam, N. N., & Saidalvi, A. (2019) The Use of Flipgrid for Teaching Oral Presentation kills to Engineering Students. International Journal of Recent Technology & Engineering (IJRTE) (8), 536-541. Retrieved 28/8/2020 https://www.ijrte.org/wp-content/uploads/papers/v8i1C2/A10880581C219.pdf
- Stoszkowski, J. (2018). Using Flipgrid to develop social learning. Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 11(2). https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v11i2.786