Student to student interactions are a very important part in any classroom and the online setting is no exception. There are many ways students can engage with each other online - but here a few tips and suggestions you can structure in your course that can offer this connection between students.
- Group Work
- Group Projects
- Group Discussion
- Study Groups
- Group Case Studies
- Peer Review
- Peer Instruction
- Collaborative Brainstorming
- D2L Discussion Threads. Students need to be able to connect with classmates around your teaching. Provide them with discussion threads for both the entire class "i.e. General Course Conversation" and module-specific. Some students can and will use this tool. Others will only use it if it's required. But it still is a great way to be able to provide students opportunity to connect.
- Microsoft Teams. Every student at MSU can use Teams for realtime group chat, individual chat, voice and video and file sharing.
- Zoom. Every student by default is able to use Zoom for voice/video/meetings.
- Google Apps: Docs, Slides, Sheets. Students can work together to create and work on files in real time.
If you would like to further explore this topic, here are some resources you could check out:
- 10 Tips for Effective Online Discussions
- Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation Resource Guide
- Zoom Breakout Room Information Sheet
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