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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: