This topic will contain all the feedback related to Laura's Synchronous Session
Thank you for a wonderful session today. Your topic was timely, and so helpful to many instructors, like me, who are so concerned about creating engaging learning environments online.
I thought the use of the idea of disruption was very creative and helped me focus on the many opportunities that synchronous online learning provides to us and how to positively disrupt a phenomenon in the midst of the pandemic disruptions we face.
You clearly played to your strengths and created a very welcoming, engaging atmosphere for your learners. You welcomed us as we arrived to the session and you had Mayu to support us with the chat space, putting up some of the tech tools and creating the breakout room groups. Your collaborative relationship with Mayu was respectful and appreciative which also indicated to your learners that we could expect a similar relationship with you. I appreciated that you informed us that the session would be recorded and you gave us options about how to continue with our participation. Thank you.
I loved the intro slides...they were whimsical and revealed that as the facilitator, you too, had been challenged to stay engaged with online learning. I know from my teaching practice that situating myself in the place of learner creates the opportunity for others to feel more connected and not as anxious as they sometimes can be in a new group or new learning format. You created this opportunity for us.
All your slides were really engaging and you took the opportunity to include us in the presentation through the use of your chosen tools.
I really appreciated the opportunity to use Padlet as it was my first time and it's ease of use has piqued my curiosity to explore it further.
Unfortunately, time was the greatest issue and we weren't able to take advantage of all your wisdom on the topic today. I could have easily spent an hour with you and Mayu on this topic...or even take a whole course on it with you!
It was a great way to spend 30 minutes.
Thank-you very much,
Thank you so much for your feedback - it is really helpful to hear that you felt welcomed and engaged. We have been invited to offer this to our institution for one hour, so yes, lol, it should be one hour - I did know this going in but I just couldn't help my passion and advocacy. My learning is really in the magic of this tool and how we can actually get even more participation than we do in person if we do it well, and making time to breathe some air and space into the engagements is very meaningful and important in planning. The fact that people created a lightening fast artifact was just because we are all online educators now, not because the activity was given appropriate time and space. Thanks again for your time!
Hi Laura - thank you so much for facilitating this session today - you gave tips as participants came in and showed authenticity with comments like "thats how we roll". I think it was great that you enlisted your colleague and fellow participant Mayu to be a chat moderator. You really worked together as a team and as a result the session flowed really smoothly. I really liked the use of annotation - that scale is always effective and a great way of measuring the current state of the room. I also liked how you asked for a volunteer to read something from the slide. I have not seen that before and I thought it was very effective. I also liked how you gave a choice of break out rooms and the breakout rooms operated smoothly.
I know there was lots of "I likes" in the feedback. The only bit of advice would be to see if you can align the activities with the timing. Easier said than done and I like how you took the timing seriously.
Well done - you are now a practiced facilitator!
Thank you for feedback, Ross! I totally agree that working with Mayu really made the session work - not only did working with a trusted colleague support the session itself, but her feedback before the session helped my design. (Can you hear the 'does this have a purpose?') I think it might be cool to consider how we can develop helpful teammate strategies for synchro...
It's cool to think I showed you something new - to engage our learners through dry spots, we always have them participate in some way to present ad hoc. Good skill practice. So read that sticky note with the silver tape will you?
My timing sucked and I knew it would. This would be a very good example of someone who knows better than to push content ... pushing content. My biggest regret is that the rich breakout experience couldn't be fully realized or debriefed because of the timing. As everyone seems to be learning, time management on this platform needs some serious awareness. I think I might put a huge digital clock in front of me with a "move to activity" cartoon attached to it :)
Many thanks for reassuring and supportive presence.
Thank you for an excellent, informative session today. You and Mayu are indeed a skilled facilitation team which is evident in the seamless manner that you hosted today's session. Your introductory slides were based on honesty, humility and humour which immediately drew me in. At first I thought your introduction and ground rules was excessive but after transitioning into the main content of the session it became apparent that the timing was going to be fine.
Your subject matter was so very appropriate for this course. I do not have the experience to critique engagement methodology but your passion for the subject made it engaging and thought provoking. The breakout rooms were good, allowing a quick discussion although we had a tiny tech glitch getting back to the main room. We did run a minute or two late, which you expressed and handled quite well. I think it sometimes a shame that many are caught with another meeting/session back to back to back.
Keep up the great work!
The title of your session was very engaging and challenged us to think about what we can do to counter learner apathy. I really enjoyed your presentation and I admired the seamless interactions with your moderator.
- The purpose and objectives were clear, and the session opening was graceful and well managed.
- I noticed you easily established
a friendly rapport with the group by sharing information about your teaching style
and belief structure.
- The interactive
activities were well designed and fit naturally into the flow of the session. I
enjoyed the annotation opportunities and the organized Breakout room activities. Getting to choose the room was satisfying for this learner.
- You appeared
confident in using the tech and flexible in handling the inevitable glitches.
- I love your choice of images. They were appealing and illustrated the topic very well.
- Your communications skills reveal a comfort level that transfers well into the online environment. It felt authentic and helped your participants engage with the content.
- The timing of
any teaching session is so difficult to judge. Will that take more time or less
time? How will I adjust if something falls flat? What can I leave out if I run
out of time? You appeared stressed at the closing and I realized that wrapping
up the online session on time is a bit like having the next class hovering at
the classroom door in real life!
Thank you for gathering these ideas about the reasons for learner apathy and reminding us that compassion goes a long way in finding ways to gently support and pull those learners into the online class. Moving forward, I plan to consciously consider my role of Disrupter?.
Thank you, Lynette, fellow Disruptor :)
I'm glad you felt the session was well-managed - this is alot to do with having the support of a skilled moderator and amazing teammate - this makes a huge difference and removes lots of risk - you're not going to miss a key learner contribution, question or concern. Which was good, because just managing the activities was enough of a job for me! I'm curious to play with sharing moderator rights with participants, to have them take on more of the roles as time goes on in a class.
I'm glad you appreciated having a choice for how you participated - this was something I haven't experienced much so far myself in breakout rooms myself and was curious what it could look like (and feel like). This is where I ran out of time - unfortunately! I'm wondering how many other choices we can provide in sessions like these.... any thoughts?
I was stressed at the end, frustrated with myself - I knew time would be an issue if I wasn't really careful. But this sort of thing isn't careful, is it? To leave space for talk/action is messy, to be responsive... things can be clunky in real time, fall flat, as you mentioned. This was my first true session delivery, and it really reinforced for me that cutting content for participation is what is best for me :) I will also work on my exit plan - kind of like ending a song as well as you start it - what beat should we leave on, no matter how far we get.
Disrupt away. I'm delighted to have your company.
Be so well in your teaching adventures,
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback, Doug! Its interesting to me that the ground rules (about the video camera etc, right?) at the beginning might be seen as "excessive" - I can totally appreciate it in this context! It takes up so much valuable time, especially when I knew I was going to be short on it. And I guess that comes from the at-risk crew I teach in that we spend a huge amount of time on creating safety, a sense of empowering choice, and trying to get people to take care of themselves, know their rights. In our class, we will probably spend an entire 1.5 hour session as part of digital etiquette on this alone, and then revisit it everyday before we start a new session. It will be like our territorial acknowledgement.
If you weren't talking about the ground rules about recording, name etc, please let me know, lol. Thanks for pointing it out. It might be why when I do meetings in community they look at me like I have three heads :) Thanks for your time and feedback!
Dear Doug - I'm sorry for the late response - I actually thought I had replied but I'm not sure where it went, lol.
I'm glad you appreciated our passion and teamwork - it is indeed our secret sauce :) It feels like cheating, in a way, to work with a teammate in this way in this course, as we have worked on the same team for a number of years in a number of applied teaching ways! And the reality is that in our work, we will both work with a partner to teach online, and interchange roles - so it was good practice for us.
If I've written this somewhere else, please forgive me for repeating myself - but I appreciate the comment about the opening notes feeling a little "excessive" - this is partly nerves I think, and my strategy - I am always heavy on the "you have the right to say no, you have the right to protect your privacy" because the folks I work with are learning self-advocacy and their rights. Lots of emphasis and opportunity is needed. But for other audiences in might feel a little loony? Great food for thought!
Respect for time is a critical thing for me - as a busy learner myself, I hate over-time sessions: no matter how much I want to continue, I have other things to do. My learners are usually so stressed out to go get their bus that any learning has stopped 5 minutes before the end of class anyways :)
Thank you for taking the time to give your thoughts - I appreciate it and wish you well on your teaching adventures!
Laura (and Mayu)
Thank you both, what an engaging and visually appealing workshop.
As you know, I think the topic is timely and I have sent an email to our Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning to suggest that you have an opportunity to offer this workshop to Camosun instructors.
You captured us with the title and then clearly explained what we would be covering.
You had us interacting with the content and ideas
As all of us - it is a challenge to be interactive and engaging and get through all the content in 30 minutes. I hope that you consider making this a 1 hour workshop.
I so appreciate your support and encouragement. I really thought about using the practice session to practice teaching how and why to grow food, but I can never ignore the learners/audience, and it was ringing in my ears that on the first day, someone said "I'm not a plant person" - and while it could be a great challenge to get uninterested people to get excited about growing, this other topic around education at this moment in time, and what is happening for learner, is very much my life right now, as a parent, student and teacher! It took me a long time to create, time I didn't have. But it also served to focus my thoughts from all the Covid experiences to something productive.
Pulling content out instead of pushing it: My biggest learning was that even though I had collected a huge amount of what I thought was interesting content, the big task was to cut it all out in exchange for good questions for the participants - getting at the same content but through engagement. This is trick with synchro I think - to know what you want folks to learn but not to teach it, lol - use the platform to max out the participation, linking the content to the learner? Does this make sense? And it takes a lot of time, as you mentioned!
As a fellow Camosun person, I just wanted to share something else I thought about after the presentation - people have said they like the art I included - but I realized, to increase the accessibility for those with visual impairment, a practice I will include in future rather than just letting the images speak for themselves is to actually say something about the image used very briefly - this for folks just listening, or maybe referring to a transcript later from a Kaltura recording...
I look forward to meeting you in person some day soon :) Thank you again for your support, time and shared care for the vulnerable folks in every classroom.