I have an extreme aversion to "death by powerpoint" ... whether f2f or online... that is a personal issue I know, there are many who feel that the recorded webinar is useful, and they are, and there is a place for those short (no more than 3-4 min in my opinion) however, I believe in interactive learning, where practice and participation are part of the design. So I am trying to figure out how to infuse that interaction into synchronous. I can and have designed interactivity into discussion forums, group assignments, etc. in my credit courses - primarily in D2L and when I teach in the credit side again, I will access to Collaborate. Although I will have access to Collaborate in this workshop, I am restricted to using Microsoft Teams for the employee workshops - which do not have breakout rooms.
I have moved one of my workshops online "Personal Resilience in Change" which is a 1.5 hr workshop for employees. I have sent out the activities in advance to the participants and suggest they complete some components in advance. It seems to be working, to then ask them to share (what they are comfortable sharing) with the group in small snippets. My challenge has been what I am calling awkward silence in my workshop - the time that I just let them work on individual things in the workshop - usually no more than 2-4 minutes... it seems to be working and no-one has complained (I suggest this is a good time to get more coffee, water, and/or bathroom break - which seems to be a missing element in many workshops I have been attending online).
I am wondering if I should put music on? I do encourage them to use the chat feature for questions during this time.. anyway, just not sure if anyone else does this?