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1/ Trying to figure out how to connect to your learners during #VirtualTeaching & avoid this response?

Don’t worry, the #MedEdTwagTeam has you covered w/ today’s #TweetorialTuesday on optimizing the virtual #LearningClimate

#MedEd #EdTech #VirtualLearning Image
2/ In my previous poll, most of you identified “lack of interaction” as the most challenging aspect of #Virtual Teaching.

Today we will discuss how to increase interaction. Image
3/ And if you missed last week’s #MedEdTwagTeam #TuesdayTweetorial by @GStetsonMD, check it out here.

I know that I learned some new tricks from him!

4/ There are two keys to increasing interaction during #VirtualTeaching:

🗝️ Creating a good learning climate
🗝️ Using #TechTools

#TechTools are great, but they won’t be effective unless you create a good learning climate, which is the topic for today. Image
5/ The learning climate is set at the beginning of a teaching session, so start strong!

Here are 3 strategies I’ve discovered for developing a good learning climate during #VirtualTeaching Image
6/ Although the strategies I’m discussing today are most effective for small group sessions (less than 20 people), I have used them with groups as large as 100 people too (and will provide examples!)
7/ First, arrive early.

Students miss having the opportunity to talk to their teachers before and after class.

Arriving early allows you to talk with students, especially if it’s a small group. Image
8/ Second, ask everyone to turn on video.

During in-person teaching, having the ability to see learners’ reactions helps us gauge how to adjust our teaching in real-time.

Videos provide the same opportunity online. Image
9/ Personally, I prefer the “gallery view,” especially if you have a small group session.

It allows everyone to see when someone is about to talk or has “unmuted.”

If you don’t know how to get the “gallery view,” see this #Zoom support page:… Image
10/ However, remember that everyone may not be able to turn on videos and respect that. Some common reasons people can’t use video include:

✅Having low internet bandwidth
✅Living in a crowded environment with others

@KuehlSarah, I know you have some learner thoughts too!
11/ Third, start with an icebreaker.

@ricapitt & @gradydoctor are the best at coming up with icebreakers or "culture questions" as we like to call them Image
12/ Okay, okay. I know icebreakers can be really awkward, but hear me out.

I don’t necessarily mean a TRUE icebreaker…but just something to get people engaged.

And, if it’s a discussion-based session, then you definitely want to get people talking at the beginning. Image
13/ I’ve found that the virtual background is a great way to get conversation started.

In my small group sessions with @ricapitt, we try to add new virtual backgrounds each week, which has encouraged others to do the same and has led to fun conversations. Image
14/ But this can also be a great way to just “check in” with learners to share their struggles, which has been a great way to acknowledge all of the heavy things that we all have been dealing with in the current setting of racial violence and the coronavirus pandemic. Image
15/ If you have a large class, you can still do an icebreaker.

Here are two options:
✅Breakout rooms

Polls can be used to gauge the general emotions of the group prior to a session. Image
16/ So, in summary, start your #VirtualTeaching session by creating a good virtual #LearningClimate.

1. Arrive early
2. Videos on
3. Start with an icebreaker Image
17/ Next week, join @GStetsonMD for a #MedEdTwagTeam #TuesdayTweetorial (7/7/20) on using the whiteboard and other collaborative elements effectively during #VirtualLearning. Image
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