1. Let people know it's going to be different. From that first point of contact let people know that they should expect to be engaged (and follow up with this as well!). Consider how you are going to use pace and interactivity as an engagement friend.
2. Don't just use chat, get people involved via annotation or even voice. While group size will impact the amount and type of interactivity there is, be strategic in thinking of how you can foster interactivity. Consider:
- Annotating/marking up on the screen - in response to a question you may pose or other
3. Use breakouts - many platforms such as Zoom's paid account or Web Ex's training environment gives you the option of using breakouts. Giving smaller groups 5 minutes to connect around a question in dialogue can really make things different. Set the groups up for success in terms of how long they have (give them enough time to connect and be in dialogue), what to expect in terms of what they need to do (i.e. they may need to look to their screen and accept), and any other instructions. Hear from members of each group briefly when they return back (and let them know they should select one group member to report back key findings).
4. Get people doing something on their end of the line - sending out a worksheet or giving group members a few minutes to take notes can also create a pace change.
Stay tuned for some more virtual tips as we move forward with this series in the next few weeks!
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