16 November 2018

Backchannels for Participation


There are different ways of "giving" voice to learners and participants on a learning course. Giving voice is a simplistic way of expressing what I mean because learners do have their own voice - it's usually a question whether their voices may be heard or not and what role their voice may (or not) have on a course. 

So perhaps, what I mean is giving learners (and course participants) a space for them to express their views during a lesson or  presentation (at the moment for the purpose of this blog post)- which is commonly known as a backchannel. Backchannelling is also another way to keep learners focused and engaged (hopefully), while giving them an opportunity to ask questions, share comments and carry out a digital conversation. Yes, there is the risk of perhaps some inappropriate language, but it is a learning opportunity for students to understand how the use of language is relevant in digital communication (and another reminder of their digital footstep). It's also a great way for quieter learners to participate and have their voice heard in the learning process.

Twitter is a popular choice,  but perhaps may not be the best option for many classrooms. Padlet is definitely a simple way of creating a backchannel board, (and includes a backchannel feature)  and  there is also Answer Garden. Here below are some other suggestions to try out (Please note that not all freemium):

Made with Padlet

What others would you recommend?



Further Suggestions:




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