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Status icons and emoticons are small images indicating what the participant is doing or feeling.

They help replace body language and provide quick feedback.

Facilitators can actively use them as part of their sessions.

Get your learners in the habit of clicking on emoticons and use them yourself too!

Here are some tips:

Set the example by using a range of emoticons yourself.

If learners agree or like something, encourage them to click on the applause or smiley face icon.

Use them for instant interaction – slip in a couple of tick/cross questions and then get participants to expand on their answers.

Ask your participants to use the step-away emoticon if they have to leave their computer. Make sure that they click on the step-in emoticon when they are back!

Remember to clear all responses when everyone has finished, so you are ready for the next time.