As opportunities for collaboration and discussion may be limited in class, it is important to consider how best to offer such opportunities outside class time. Setting tasks for students to complete and submit before class, either individually or in groups, will encourage them to come prepared and maximise the effectiveness of class time.
The Curriculum Shift 2020 teaching scenarios provide more specific examples of how this can be achieved for a range of different teaching formats, to summarise:
- Moodle Quizzes can be used to gauge student knowledge through questions set in relation to the lecture.
- Moodle Forums can also be used to encourage student discussion related to a contemporary or controversial issue
- You can allocate pair or small group activities for students to complete, using a Wiki to communicate and record decisions. Students can use Zoom to communicate and they may also be able to meet in a physically-distanced way near campus.
- Blogs, Wikis and Office 365 can be used by students to create shared documents. Students can use Powerpoint or Sway to produce presentations.
During the session
During the class you should focus on consolidating prior learning, sharing completed pre-session activities and plenary discussion.
Consolidating prior learning
The class provides an opportunity to reinforce points or discuss issues arising from pre-session activities. This could include identifying interesting responses and pointing out any misconceptions.
Presentations can be shared in advance. If students have recorded a video or an overview in Sway or Powerpoint, this can be played in class. Otherwise, a student could present the main points of the presentation. OneNote is also a good way of encouraging students to share the outputs of pre-class collaborative activities.
Encouraging individual contributions
Traditional question and answer techniques can still be used in a physically-distanced classroom. Where students have given presentations, other students can be allocated an audience role and ask questions or provide feedback. Mentimeter and OneNote are also an effective way of gathering contributions from students.
Technology-mediated pair or group work
Students can work together using learning technologies in class. OneNote, Sway, Padlet or similar can be used to create a shared document.
The class forum can be used for follow-up activities. For example, if students have received feedback on presentations, they can update their presentations and post them to the group. The outputs of any pair or group work can also be shared with the wider class.