Active Learning Online: Leveraging Zoom Breakout Rooms for Peer Instruction

Think-Pair-Share is an active learning strategy providing students time and structure for thinking about a particular topic.

Hyflex Teaching and Learning: Using VidGrid and Zoom together

Professor David Harwood combined features of VidGrid and Zoom in order to meet the course learning objectives in this flexible hybrid course design.

Zoom Office Hours and Zoom Student Meeting Space

David Harwood designed his GEOL 125: Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences course to provide for content, interactions, and activities delivered primarily in-person while also accommodating any online or virtual learners.

Active Learning Online: Peer Instruction using Group Exams

Use peer instruction to squeeze extra learning out of your exam by making students take it twice. Once on their own (90%), then again with a team (10%).

Using analytics to gain insights into student engagement in flexible hybrid courses

In this article, we’ll look at the tools in Canvas, VidGrid, and Zoom that can give you some insights into student engagement and metrics. These may also be helpful in developing attendance and participation policies, but more importantly, they may help you identify disengaged students sooner than later.

Classroom Technology Tips

For instructors using the General Purpose (GP) Classrooms for teaching this semester. We have a few tips for getting most out of classroom technology.

Using Zoom to Facilitate a Hybrid Course

Conducted on July 21, this workshop gave detailed instructions on the different settings and functions available in Zoom. The first hour covered Zoom basics, and the second hour covered more advanced features, including breakout rooms, Canvas integration, and more.

Essentials for Getting Started

In this workshop conducted on July 14, instructors were provided with strategies that have a significant impact on online learning, especially for the first week of classes. Strategies included ways to remove barriers to learning, incorporate essential Canvas features, begin building the course community, and facilitate student interactions.

Scheduling face-to-face & online sessions using Canvas Scheduler

Instructors need a good way to know who will be online and who will be in the classroom. One tool that addresses this problem rather neatly is the Canvas Calendar. Instructors can create appointments that allow a set number of students to sign up.

Integrating Technology

There are many ways to use technology to support active learning techniques. 

NOTE: Technologies mentioned in this collection may not all necessarily be UNL-supported. While the university highly encourages exclusively using university-supported technology, instructors may go outside what’s mentioned here.  However, be aware that doing so will mean university ITS (Information Technology Services) will be unable to assist you with any troubleshooting.

Polling (in or out of class):

Fostering Engagement and Community

In an online course, it is easy for students to feel isolated. They are, in most cases, physically isolated from their peers, so intentional community-building is necessary to help counter feelings of remoteness.

Keep teaching when campus closes

If campus were to close for unforeseen reasons, would you have a back-up plan for teaching your face-to-face classes?