Giving students a voice: The power of anonymity in a digital learning environment

Anyone who’s been involved directly or indirectly will have had a similar experience with a cohort of students. You ask a question to the cohort in front of you and get no response. This can be a really challenging issue for any educationalist regardless of the level of experience you have, and can quite easily railroad any active learning strategy you may have for your content.

The critical question here in my mind though, is why do students’ not feel they can speak out and question, and what can we do to enable discussion for those uncomfortable to do so?

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