Facilities that promote interaction
With more and more teaching taking place online it is important that web conferencing platforms have a variety of tools built in that compensate for the loss of eye contact, body language and provide feedback. Here are 3 tools that enable interaction between trainer-to-learner, learner-to-learner, and learner-to-content. Web Conferencing is recognised not only as a mechanism to distribute content, but as an opportunity to implement learning strategies that engage learners, increase interactivity, and promote collaboration.
Emoticons can be used to help you to get a quick check on the pulse of an online session and allow the participants to appraise the trainer on the pace and clarity of the content. Asking participants to provide feedback can be a good re-engagement technique if the audience is not participating. This feature is seldom found in web conferencing platforms that specialise in convening online meetings.
Polls & Surveys
Use surveys and polls to determine whether the participants understand the material to keep them tuned into the discussion. Use surveys to transition to a new topic by asking questions about the new topic and then commenting on the results. This feature is seldom found in web conferencing platforms that specialise in convening online meetings.
Many web conferencing services offer a whiteboard and annotation tools allowing the host/presenter or the attendees to add content live during the web conference. Allow collaborative working, for example, pooling ideas to create a list or simple mind map. They can also offer an alternative way of voting/supporting ideas by marking content already on the whiteboard or a slide with the pen or drawing tools