The Q&A feature allows instructors and learners to post questions and answers, named or anonymously, that persist across class sessions and between live sessions and the asynchronous Playback Room environment. Instructors can use the Q&A feature as part of a live, hybrid/blended, or asynchronous teaching strategy to allow learners to complete activities, interact with others and provide or receive feedback during class or on their own time. Below are some quick tips for how to use the Q&A feature in your Engageli classroom.
- Post a fun icebreaker question in the Q&A. This provides an early opportunity for learners to get comfortable sharing and participating in a low-stakes way, building their confidence in the safety and community of the classroom, and finding connections with other learners.
- You can post a question in the Q&A section related to the topic you plan to discuss in class. Ask learners to post answers about readings or assignments in the Q&A when they join the class.
- Split the class into small groups, set the timer, and ask learners to discuss their answers with their tablemates to facilitate knowledge sharing.
Encourage Learner Questions
- Encourage learners to post questions in the Q&A, and respond to questions posted by their classmates. Anonymous mode encourages participation by allowing learners who are hesitant or shy to post their responses unattributed.*
Provide Clear and Detailed Instructions
- Use the Q&A to post detailed activity instructions for individual and group activities.
Peer-to-Peer Post-Class Learning
- Learners can join a Playback Room to review the class recording and discuss a prompt posted in the Q&A. Learners can add questions and responses in the Q&A for the instructor to later review.
- Instructors can direct learners to review a specific class recording that includes an in-class poll. Have the learners pause the video to discuss their responses to the poll question and summarize the group’s findings in the Q&A.
- Instructors can use a Playback Room for flipped classroom instruction:
- Learners can create study hall groups to engage with foundational material in the class recordings or posted in the Q&A to benefit from peer-to-peer learning.
Group Project Work
- Learners can work on group projects. The whiteboard and chat thread can be downloaded, and links to reference materials can be shared in the Q&A.
Community-building Learning Activities and Collaborative Interaction
- The Q&A is persistent and present in the live class and the Playback Room. Asynchronous learners can answer the same questions posed in the live session.
*Samson, P. J. (2017, December). Anonymity In Survey Courses as a Tool for More Diverse Engagement. In AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (Vol. 2017, pp. ED23B-0295).
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