- We have found that publishing student work on the web in a way that others can interact with it increases the quality of assignments. A WordPress website/blog, wiki, or GoogleSites are quick ways of doing this.
- Giving students ways to interact with each other through a Facebook group, a class wiki, eCampus discussion boards, and Texas A&M supported Google hangouts can increase enthusiasm and give a sense of community.
- Using tools such as iClickers or Nearpod can help you increase participation during class and let the students benchmark themselves either in interesting ways such as anonymous replies to controversial topics relevant to your course or by self-assessing their knowledge of material relative to their peers such as with content questions. Nearpod is an application for smart devices that gives your students the ability to answer questions your present to them which has the added benefits of co-opting their smart devices during class time and not costing the students any extra money if they already have a phone or tablet.
- You may also consider Google Hangouts or eCampus chat for online office hours.
- You could use Twitter to have your student post a weekly tweet that contains where they are, what they just observed, and how it relates to your course content for this week (a technique created by Margaret Rubega and described in this video). This helps students apply the material from your course outside of classroom and engages them in a dialogue with others about course material.
Resources for Increasing Interaction:
|Tool||Where to get it.||Instructions for using it. You can always contact us!|
|WordPress||Request it from the ITSC.||Starting a WordPress Site|
|Media Wiki||Request it from the ITSC.||MediaWiki Editing|
|Facebook Group||http://facebook.com||Creating Facebook Groups|
|TAMU Google Apps||http://google.tamu.edu||32 ideas for using Google Apps in Education|
|eCampus||http://ecampus.tamu.edu||Texas A&M’s eCampus Communication Guides|
|iClicker||Download presentation software; order iClickers through our bookstore.||Texas A&M’s How To on iClicker|
|http://twitter.com||GroupTweet setup and instructions|