Interactive Technology Preference Poll

Poll your students at the start of the term about how they prefer to interact online (via chat, Skype, Facebook, etc.). Work with your students to see if there is a way to incorporate these preferences into the class.

Student Leadership Roles

Seek leadership roles for your students in the class that will allow them to build opportunities for interaction. These roles could rotate on a regular basis, allowing everyone a chance to “lead” an interactive conversation at some point. The point here is that if your students feel personally vested in the conversations that are emerging and how they are occurring, they’ll be more likely to take them seriously.

Informal Gatherings

Create informal opportunities for your students (with or without you) to convene virtually to talk about the class and their work. They could use Skype’s group chat capability or a streaming audio/video service which allows for multiple participants. If you’ve opened your class up to outside voices, you may want to invite those individuals to occasionally drop by. If you’re concerned about students not taking “ownership” of these experiences, you might assign a leader (or two) each time to choose a discussion topic, lead the discussion, invite outside participants, etc.

Online Office Hours

Establish online office hours, i.e. regular time slots when you are available to discuss questions with students by telephone, Skype, or chat.

Manage Feedback

Offer regular and timely feedback on all student work submitted. Also, don’t rely on yourself to provide the only feedback in the course. Encourage (or require) students to provide feedback to each other; invite colleagues or students in other classes to occasionally drop in and offer feedback, advice, and support.