Ep 16 - Enough with the Empty Screens! How to Increase Participation and "Read the Room" Over Zoom

When the Covid19 pandemic hit, were you among the majority of college educators who had to make an abrupt switch to teaching online?

Despite how many educators began teaching through Zoom and other online meeting platforms, very few ever received formal training in remote pedagogy.

Most were simply thrown into the deep end and forced to figure out how to swim on their own.

As a result, many attempted to recreate an in-person experience through an online platform, and were not satisfied with the results.

Today, I address two of the biggest challenges that facilitators struggle with when making the switch from an in-person to an online environment:

  1. Creating an equitable opportunity for everyone to participate
  2. Figuring out how to “read the room”

I share with you exactly what to do to get your students interacting and using their voices during your remote discussion, so you don’t have to be stuck with the frustration of talking to yourself in front of a bunch of empty screens.

I also give you a step-by-step game plan for deciphering students’ level of understanding, interest, mood and other important information that students often communicate through nonverbal cues that can be challenging to pick up over the computer.

By the end of this episode you are going to have specific tools to get all of this same information from your students over zoom that you are used to gathering in person, with a new and effective set of online adaptations.

I also share some tips about what to do when, despite all your best efforts, students just don’t want to engage.


Don't have a pen and paper handy while listening to today's episode? No worries! I've created a simple checklist of all of the strategies covered today in a FREE PDF you can download to keep on hand for later.

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