Interactivity engages the learners and is a great way to reach the different learning styles. I have participated in videoconferences which involved nothing but a talking head. I found myself having a difficult time staying awake even if I enjoyed the speaker. Using interactive strategies encourages collaborative work and participants to provide feedback and coach each other.
- Determine the best way for participants to signal they want to participate.
- Send the leading question to all participants before the conference so they have time to decide how they will participate.
- Encourage participants to ask each other questions and provide comments about the subject.
- Provide a note-taking template so participants can summarize the discussion and list the three most important points (at least).
- Encourage discussion about how the participants might use the information discussed in the videoconference.
- If a videoconference covers several weeks, assign readings and questions.
It is a good idea to assign a lead person at each point who can manage the interactivity.
Submitted by:Barbara Bray
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