Making spider web discussions work in synchronous online classes

Student engagement in online classes seems to be a never-ending quest for teachers. That’s because building a classroom culture is harder to do in an online environment if you’ve never done that before. Consequently, it shows when it comes to classroom discussions.

Read more: How to facilitate meaningful discussions in hybrid or virtual classrooms

Ideally, everyone would be happy to participate and listen to what their peers have to say. They still learn from each other in any learning environment and despite the physical distance between them.

I’m sad to burst this bubble since teachers usually face three major issues regarding online collaboration. First, group projects don’t always reflect everyone’s contribution (each group has at least an overachiever and a slacker).

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