In the classroom, non-verbal communication is often a good indication of student understanding. In a distance situation, interaction tools such as personal options in VIA can meet this need in that it is a good indication of participation but also of proper understanding of concepts. Such verification should be done more often in distance learning in order to offset the effects of distance.

For example, by using the thumbs-up button on VIA, you can see in a second if students have understood your latest explanation. Of course, an integration activity appears to reinforce your perception, the same as in a classroom.

Interactive activities chosen should be inserted sparingly throughout the session in order maximize participation.

You must also adjust the number and length of activities so as to keep the attention of learners. With experience, the teacher will learn when to interact more closely with the group in question: content taught and the relationship between students and their level of competency.

Feel free to ask your students for their collaboration during the session by eliciting their comments and their suggestions for improving the course.

Last Modified: November 1, 2017