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Benefits of Synchronous Online Meetings
When learning online, students can feel isolated. You can use WebEx, the university-sponsored web-conferencing tool to do the following:
- Provide feedback to students' work
- Answer students' questions related to upcoming exams or projects
- Check students' understanding by using interactive features such as the whiteboard and the poll panel
- Connect to students on a personal level
Tips for Successful Online Meetings
- Have a clear goal for the meeting. Students will then know the purpose and how they can benefit from the meeting.
- Share the meeting agenda with students ahead of time. This way, they can be better prepared.
- Provide instructions for joining audio via phone. This allows students access to meeting audio by using their phone.
- Provide a test session for students who might have technological difficulties.
- If you need to transition online during the middle of the semester, use the scheduled class time to hold online meetings.
- Record the meeting if appropriate. This way, students can review afterward.
- Engage students frequently. Please be aware that some students do not have a webcam or high-speed Internet to turn on their videos. To keep students engaged, you can use polling questions or the chat tool to interact with students.
- Provide a backup plan for students who can not participate. For example, you can offer to hold several meetings, and/or provide the recording of the meeting for students to view and respond.
Common Challenges for Online Meetings
Although synchronous online meetings are beneficial for online learning, there are some commonly reported challenges.
- It takes time to plan. Therefore, we recommend that you limit the meeting numbers. Please refer to the tips provided above regarding successful online meetings.
- Technology difficulty. It is not rare for one or more students to have low bandwidth problems or other technical difficulties. Test sessions can help alleviate this problem.
Technology for Online Meetings
There are several university supported tools for online meetings, including Zoom, WebEx, and Teams. Please check the CELT page on Video Conference and Interaction Tools (Opens in a New Window) for more information. If you need help choosing the appropriate tool, please schedule a one-on-one consultation with a CELT consultant (Opens in a New Window).
Example message to post on Brightspace
Please download the example message [DOCX] to post to your Brightspace site for online meetings.