Engaging moments in your lessons help students learn key concepts and give you valuable feedback about what and how they're learning.
Aim to build several opportunities for active engagement during live sessions.
Use the tools Maven's built for you and those available in Zoom to engage students.
The importance of state changes
Many students joining your cohort will be on Zoom all day long for work. Even if they don't have Zoom fatigue, the average learner has multiple demands on their attention (which only has span of about 3-5 minutes). To keep your students' attention, you should avoid the dreaded monologue and use the State Change Method.
Wes Kao's State Change Method helps you change the pace at just the right moments in your lesson to keep engagement high. Students will leave your class energized and excited to learn more.
State change ideas
Why: Start each live session with a hype song; play soft music during guided brainstorms
How: To play music in Zoom, click
Computer audio only. Here's a helpful how-to article. Pro-tips:
Set the volume at 25-30%
You cannot share audio when someone else is sharing screen
To play music while you're sharing your screen, click
Share screen, select the screen you want to share, then check ☑️
Share soundin the bottom left corner. Here's a how-to article with screenshots.
Why: Start each live session with high engagement
How: Ask a "no fail" question that helps learners engage in a fun and safe way. Direct your students to "Put it in the chat."
Where are you calling from?
If you could be a comic book superhero, who would you be?
What’s something on your desk that has a story? Show it to the camera.
What's your guilty pleasure snack?
What show are you binging right now?
What's your favorite city or country to visit?
Why: Break up the monotony of you speaking by inviting students to share out.
Ask students to raise their Zoom hand
Call on one student to start, then have the remaining students popcorn (or pass the microphone) to other students to share next
Why: Check whether students are understanding the topic; break up the monotony of you speaking
How: Encourage students to answer questions or share their work in the chat (Zoom or Maven community); give ~30 seconds to answer so you get a larger number of responses
Gallery view discussion
Why: Stop sharing your screen and go into Gallery View. This helps create a more lively round-table-style discussion
How: Stop screen sharing in Zoom. Click
Viewin the top right and select
Gallery, so all students are visible.
Rubber band exercise
Why: Stretch your students' thinking, change their perspective, help them discover new ideas.
How: Ask questions that get students to think outside the box and push the limits on your topic; ask students to share takeaways in the chat or through popcorn
Guided reflections and brainstorming
Why: Facilitate deep thinking in live sessions; give your students time to process before they share to increase the depth of responses
How: Pose a question, offer a template or framework, set a timer, and play lo-fi beats while people write their reflection.
Why: Facilitate peer feedback, collaboration, and small group discussion; cement the learning for your students as they explain to others; help students work together toward the course project
How: Write a prompt and provide detailed instructors; use the Zoom breakout room feature to group students
Why: Give students a chance to process, stretch, reflect, etc. especially during live sessions longer than 60 minutes
How: Set a timer for ~3-5 minutes (embed a YouTube video in your Google slides for an easy timer), turn off cameras, and encourage students to stretch or get something to drink
Why: help students cement their learning from the session and reinforce the key concepts from the lesson
How: ask students to share their "lightbulb moment" (what made them go "ah-ha!") at the end of the session; sharing can happen in chat or popcorn-style on the microphone
Need more support?
Don't forget that all of the recordings from the Maven Course Accelerator are in your cohort syllabus. You can always re-watch the sessions on course structures and creating engaging lessons.