Peer to Peer Discussion - Student Engagement in Online Classes

  • Fatima Furqan (Participant)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshop/course/forumAcademic


    On Friday 9th September 202, I attended the session on Peer-to-Peer Discussion - Student Engagement in Online Classes conducted by Dr Matthew Fairbairn.
    The session guided us how to engage students in online classes using numerous online learning tools.
    A variety of tools were discussed in the session including LinkedIn learning, podcasts, breakout rooms, discussion forums etc. I was inspired by the idea to utilize the breakout rooms and discussion forum in combination.
    I applied this strategy in the subject of Internet of things to ensure the students engagement.
    I allocated questions to students in the breakout rooms and advised them to share their answers in the discussion board. To ensure everyone in the breakout room participate, I added the requirement that everyone from the breakout room will add answers in the discussion forum. Moreover, students in each breakout room presented their answers to the whole class.
    The strategy assisted well in achieving the goal of increasing students’ class participation in online classes. On joining breakout rooms, as a pleasant surprise, I got questions from students who never asked any question in front of the whole class. Students in the breakout rooms received a chance to engage in peer learning. Moreover, students were exposed to various ways of expressing their ideas that helped them in improving their skills to reflect on different questions. The answers in the discussion board assisted me to assess the topics students needed more guidance and clarification. Consequently, 97% students passed the final exam in this semester.
    Period09 Sept 2021
    Event typeOther
    Degree of RecognitionLocal