How Do I....????
While it might not be the same as the in-person experience, we can still facilitate active learning and engage our students in learning online, in cases where we can't meet in person. Ideas:
1) Zoom breakout rooms
2) Muddiest points
3) Collaborations in student-led meetings
For more active learning strategies, watch a video by an experienced Caltech TA here.
The keys to organizing fellow TAs, the instructional team and students online are 1) communicating frequently; 2) providing as much structure as possible for TAs and students alike ; and 3) advanced planning and communication of all activities. Check out this document for more advice on being the head TA, facilitating TA meetings and devising a communication plan for the quarter.
Learning online can be challenging! We've found some resources that offer friendly tips and strategies for being an online learner that you might want to share with your students before your course begins:
- Rice University has a presentation in which they present some tips for learning during disruption, which includes some strategies for keeping engaged and healthy while learning remotely.
- Northeastern University gives 8 strategies for getting the most out of an online class.
- Humboldt State University has a student guide for using Zoom. Students should be encouraged to use their own Zoom accounts to actively collaborate with each other outside of class. Students can also use whiteboard software on their own tablets / iPads and have their tablet also 'join' the Zoom meeting, such that they can easily share screens with each other while collaborating.