Live webinars provide teacher presence and an opportunity for you to interact with learners. You can run webinars using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams or Zoom
- Webinars can combine input, activity and feedback.
- Collaborate has a whiteboard and discussion space.
- This is harder for large groups for activity and feedback and more useful for small group teaching/case-based learning.
- Use tools like Mentimeter and Padlet to add interactivity, dialogue and sharing.
- Don’t be afraid of silence, give students thinking time.
- Use features like thumbs up and chat to check students are understanding or engaging.
- Breakout groups can be really useful for peer learning and discussion, for example through jigsaw learning or Teams Based Learning (TBL)
- Avoid ‘breakout group whiplash’. moving in and out of breakout groups can be jarring for students. Make it clear how long students have for a breakout task. Give a warning if you can.
- Read the best-practice guidance from the DEO.