Online Live Session Interactions

Brief Description 

Providing interactions in a live online class is important for student engagement, learning, and retention. There are a variety of ways to build interaction into live online class meetings but an instructor must be intentional with the planning and implementation of the techniques.
Collaborate Ultra is a browser-based web conferencing tool integrated into Canvas. Participants have the ability to easily share content and engage with other participants using a variety of optional tools. Various features of Collaborate Ultra can be used to add interactivity to your courses.
Here are a few ideas.
Use Polls expanding section

Link: Collaborate Ultra Polling
Link: Zoom Polling
Link: WebEx Polling

Can be used for...

- completing formative assessment through content-based questions that gauge progress toward an objective, skipping content that is mastered and focusing on content that needs more instructional support
- making a prediction about a case, a current event, a scenario, a problem, etc. 
- sharing sensitive information
- ranking what to cover or review in a live session such as terminology, concepts, articles, etc. that need more support and explanation from the instructor
- picking the content that is covered in the live session
- breaking the ice at the beginning of a live session
- getting input on the value of certain activities in the live session to help plan future sessions
Use Audio and Video expanding section
Can be used for...
- sharing slides and content
- integrating guest speakers, can live session and allow students to hear another perspective and ask questions of someone in the field
- sharing of examples, experiences, and work that exemplifies course concepts by instructor or student
- demonstrating (instructor or student) a hands-on skill such as splinting a sprained ankle, interviewing a candidate, wiring a circuit, laboratory preparation, etc. 
- assessing oral reports
Use Breakout Groups expanding section

Link: Collborate Ultra Breakout Groups
Link: Zoom Breakout Rooms
Link: WebEx Breakout Rooms

Can be used for...
- debating something where students are assigned a ‘side’ to an issue and asked to discuss in a small group and share back with large group
- discussing an aspect of lesson, preparing a summary and examples for the class and then presenting them back to the large group
- working on a group project assignment
- having student-led small-group discussion where students are asked to come to a class ready to lead a small group in a defined activity
- sharing and discussing current events
- creating a workshop with drafts of papers or projects
- doing station work where students complete different sections of an assignment, view different parts of a gallery, present to different peers about a topic
Use Screen Content expanding section

Link: Collaborate Ultra Screen Content
Link: Zoom Screen Sharing
Link: WebEx Screen Content

Can be used for...
- sharing multiple screens to compare and contrast two articles or breakout room work
- including guest speakers, solving problems, projecting current research, sharing a presentation, etc. 
- hosting a web field trip
- giving class presentations
- sharing to the whole-class internship or practicum experiences
- annotating an article areas of confusion
- annotating a paper while it is being workshopped
- showcasing a portfolio
- asking student to highlight an area of a text in question
- annotating a diagram, image or graph
Use Chat expanding section

Link: Collaborate Ultra Chat
Link: Zoom Chat
Link: WebEx Chat

Can be used for...
- asking an icebreaker question
- asking a question to gauge learning such as "what do you think of when I say….", "Tell me how you are feeling right now" "On a scale of ___ rank…."
- intentional breaks to respond to questions posed in the chat 
- sharing an assignment to complete in the breakout group or after live session is complete
Use Feedback, Status, and Reactions expanding section

Link: Collaborate Ultra Feedback and Status
Link: Zoom Meeting Reactions
Link: WebEx Raise Hand

Can be used for...
- quick status check on understanding a concept
- agree or disagree on a topic
- predicting the outcome
- share thoughts/opinion on a writing, image, etc. 

Koepke, K.  (2020). Online live sessions. In Teaching Improvement Guide. University of Wisconsin at La Crosse Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from