Focus student - a method to stay in contact while lecturing to black boxes
Övrigt konferensbidrag, 2021

I have successfully used a method I call “focus student” where I ask for a volunteer among students to keep their video on during an online lecture.
The problem:
When most or all students choose to attend online lectures with their own video turned off, a number of negative consequences can be noted, including:
* difficulty for the teacher to read facial reactions and see whether explanations are sufficient
* difficulty for the teacher to teach enthusiastically without seeing any students
The solution:
Explain to the student group how important it is to maintain contact, so that teaching can be both inspiring (for students and teachers alike) and adjusted to a suitable level.
Among other things (like encouraging questions and regularly checking understanding), do this:
* Ask for a volunteer student to be your “focus student” and keep their video on.
* Give plenty of appreciation for this volunteer, and promise to switch volunteers after break.
* Pin the video, in Zoom, of your focus student.
* Watch your focus student’s reactions while lecturing, and adapt your pace as you normally would do if you could be with your class in person.

nonverbal communication

online lecturing

student contact


Sheila Galt

Chalmers, Vetenskapens kommunikation och lärande, Avdelningen för ingenjörsutbildningsvetenskap (EER)

KUL 2021 Chalmers Konferens om Undervisning och Lärande
Göteborg (digitalt), Sweden,



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