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Lesson Recipes for Online Sessions
Use this lesson recipe to support the following teaching goal:
|Lead a session in which as many students as possible contribute to a discussion by 1) considering their response to a prompt 2) rehearsing their response in a low-risk context (pairwork) before sharing their ideas in front of the whole class.
This think-pair-share technique is facilitated through Blackboard Collaborate
Visit the hyperlinks in the recipe for specific guidance.
Before the session
- Schedule the meeting and distribute the link for participants if necessary.
- Download the introduction to Collaborate features animation gif to share at the start of the session.
- Decide if you need to run a light-hearted ‘features diagnostic’ e.g.
- Develop a question or a problem that has many potential responses. Put this prompt that you will ask the students to think about onto a PowerPoint slide so that present during your session.
At the start of the session
- Open the scheduled meeting.
- Share animation gif so students are reminded of functionalities they can use (Share > Share Files > Upload the gif file, select it and choose Share Now). Pro tip: The animation will then play on a loop to users. The animation stops either when you share something else (e.g. a PowerPoint) or when you stop sharing the file.
- Interact with students either by using the chat pane or by using your microphone.
- Run a features diagnostic/intro if necessary (see above for ideas).
During the session
- Pose your prompt to the entire class by sharing your screen or PowerPoint slide.
- Allow 1 – 3 minutes for students to silently consider their response. Pro Tip: If you have your camera on, use John Schulz’ technique of sitting back in your chair and sip on your tea/coffee to clearly show that you are not talking and there is space for students to think.
- Inform students that you’ll put them into break out rooms to share their responses. Explain that if their ideas differ then they should clarify each other’s position and create a joint response integrating each other’s ideas which they can later share with the whole class.
- Designate a time limit. Pro Tip: as the time needed to move into breakout rooms can vary slightly depending on participants’ bandwidth, state a time when you will close the breakout rooms).
- Assign students to break out rooms and remember to press ‘start’.
- Monitor the main room or move between rooms to listen in/support.
- Close the rooms at the designated time to bring all students back into the main room. Pro Tip: It can take a little while for all students to come back to the main room,
- Once all students have been moved back into the main room, ask for 2 – 3 volunteers to take turns and share their ideas. Promote/change a student’s role to presenter, if they have an image/file they need to share with the others.
- Finally, ask all students to share their favourite idea by typing in the chat.
- Invite final comments, questions either by raising their hands and using their mics to speak.
- Try out Collaborate and familiarise yourself with how to resolve issues that students might encounter.
- Turn off notifications you don’t want to see. By default, Collaborate will notify you when
- Stop the recording if you started recording. If you make other colleagues or students moderators, they can stop the recording, too.
- If you recorded the session, remember that it can take some time for the video to process and therefore it might not show immediately.
- Tell students can stay in the meeting if they wish. You don’t need to be present for the meeting to continue and by leaving the meeting open you provide additional opportunities to for students to interact.