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?