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New Resource on Leading Synchronous Online Discussions

Posted by on Monday, October 26, 2020 in Resource.

Check out the latest page on Leading Synchronous Online Discussions posted within the Center for Teaching’s Online Course Development Resources website. Heather Fedesco, CFT assistant director, provides suggestions for effective ways to incorporate group discussions into Zoom class sessions.

You can learn more about setting expectations for Zoom discussions, establishing community norms to ensure these conversations go smoothly, and ways to prime students to encourage more active participation.

You can also learn about group discussion techniques like:

  • the fishbowl
  • using breakout rooms and various ways to assign students to these rooms
  • using collaborative documents during group discussions
  • posing ready-set-go questions
  • using digital whiteboards
  • whip arounds
  • and more!

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