To involve students and turn them into actors of their learning, Wooclap co-founder and CEO Sébastien Lebbe shares how he built his distance course for the Solvay Business School in Brussels.
What to remember from the course organization?
- Term: 2h
- How: remote and live
- Videoconferencing tool: Zoom
- Interaction tool: Wooclap
- Number of students: 60
- Themes: Neurosciences + SaaS Business model
- Content: 15 questions prepared on Wooclap in advance and integrated in a powerpoint presentation with 2 quick questions
- Questions from students: asked on the Wall of Messages and answered orally during the presentation
Before the course:
« I started the presentation with a World Cloud to break the ice. “How are you feeling during this period of confinement?” The point of this type of question is to relax the atmosphere and promote sharing in the group, then introduce the course more naturally.
In this Word Cloud, you can see that the main 3 most recurrign answers were: Necessary, Annoying, and Long
Before starting the course, it seems important to me to ask knowledge-related questions because learning is based on acquired knowledge. Before each part of the course, I either did a survey or asked a multiple choice question or a Find on Image to find out if my audience already possessed certain knowledge or if they had heard about the concept I was going to talk about. »
During the course:
« During one part, I asked an open question in which I asked students to name the 3 learning methods presented during the course. The objective was to see if they had understood the challenges and to practice memory recovery. This method, promoted by Steve Masson, who is a professor at the University of Quebec in Montreal and director of the neuroscience research laboratory, aims to activate our brain by trying to remember the information rather than passively listening to it.
I then launched a Find a number-question for which the reasoning was simple enough, but which was important to understand for the rest of the presentation. It’s important to draw their attention at the right time so that the basics are well understood. »
At the end of each part and of the course
« Before closing a part and to make sure the students understood the important concepts well, I also asked questions to test their knowledge.
After more complex parts, to ask them explicitly if they understood, I did 2 surveys (Did you understand the concept? “Yes”, “Moderately”, “No”). For one of the surveys, 30% had understood only moderately.
In this case, 70% answered “Yes, it’s clear” and 30% answered “Moderately”
So I created a quick open question and I asked them to tell me what they did not understand in this part. Their reply: the cohorts. As a result, I was able to go back a flew slides to give them further explanations and try to clarify these concepts. »
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