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6 Questions to Improve Your Virtual Classroom

It can be difficult to gauge how effective your online instruction is—using surveys to gather regular student feedback can help.

September 22, 2020

In a virtual classroom, it can be challenging to know when students are following a lesson. Much of the information that’s communicated in face-to-face classrooms—nonverbal cues like facial expressions, eye contact, and posture—is lost when student faces are miniaturized and stacked in grids.

In a 2019 study, experienced instructors shared their solution: To read your virtual classroom, you’ll need to collect feedback regularly.

Complex new tools aren’t needed. You can use a simple Google Form (requires sign in) or
an app like Pear Deck or Padlet to gather student impressions. Here are six questions we recommend:

  • On a scale from 1 to 5, how comfortable do you feel using technology in our virtual classroom?
  • Have you encountered any technical issues, such as not being able to hear me or not being able to connect to the internet?
  • Are my lessons well organized and my assignments clear?
  • Can you easily find what you need?⁣
  • Do you feel like your voice is heard?
  • What can I do to improve our online classroom?

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