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When classes moved online to protect community health, many students felt disconnected from their teachers and peers. To address this lost sense of connection, I restructured a live remote class. Rather than teaching this 400-level class live via WebEx with some breakouts for active learning assignments, I pre-recorded the lectures for each week and asked the students to watch these on their own time. I assigned the students to small (5-6 person) discussion groups and broke out our assigned class meeting times into multiple small group meetings. We meet in these small groups every week to discuss questions prepared by the students. This smaller group format facilitates better connections among students and between the students and myself.
Las Vegas (Nev.)
UNLV Office of Faculty Affairs
Education, Higher; Teaching; Web-based instruction
Education | Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Janofsky, Sheila, "Online Small Groups and Student-Faculty Connections" (2022). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 160.
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