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Virtual Classroom Setup Ideas to Get More Student Engagement

Classroom teachers frequently excel at finding ways to engage students when they can directly interact with them, but trying to do so online can feel limiting. You can’t high-five students as they come in or collect their homework assignments as a proxy for attendance online, after all. Luckily, the Echosystem is a portfolio of engagement solutions that are architected and deployed to achieve engagement and learning outcomes. The following virtual classroom setup ideas will help you with setting up a virtual classroom designed to maximize engagement.

 

Choose the Right Location

Your teaching area has to accommodate your needs as an instructor while also serving as an inviting backdrop for your students. That can feel like a lot of pressure, but it’s not as bad as expected. First, make sure that you have easy access to any resources you need to teach the class. Second, look for posters that can help your backdrop feel like a physical classroom. For example, a map of the United States is a standard backdrop for any U.S. history class, while the alphabet is a good fit for younger learners. Inspirational posters are another excellent option for students of all ages. You should also try to arrange your camera at eye level, allowing your students to see you without talking down to them.

EchoVideo allows you to capture video content offline and edit it before publication, removing the guesswork of what will be visible in the frame. Just record yourself creating content and watch it back to make sure that students are seeing everything they’re supposed to and nothing they aren’t. 

Begin Class Prepared

Effectively engaging students begins the moment class starts, so make sure that your resources are available immediately so minds don’t start to wander. EchoEngage includes a virtual whiteboard so you can post self-paced assignments or educational videos for students to review while everyone gets settled in. You can also save your virtual classroom setup or individual elements of it with EchoAuthor so you don’t waste time recreating the same elements repeatedly. 

One of the biggest benefits of setting up a virtual classroom is that you can design courses differently. For instance, virtual lectures aren’t always the most engaging way to approach remote learning. Instead, consider pre-recording lectures with EchoVideo and assigning them to students as self-paced assignments on EchoEngage, freeing up class time for discussions and other collaborative activities. Your students will benefit from engaging personalized assignments before class while you can concentrate on connecting with your learners. 

Facilitate Real-Time Communication

Communication between students and instructors and between peers is often one of the most challenging aspects of online learning, but EchoEngage offers a suite of collaboration tools to make it simple. For example, virtual breakout rooms allow you to divide the class into smaller groups to share ideas and collaborate on problems before sharing their results with the rest of the class. You can pop in and out of each breakout room to keep students on task while providing additional guidance on the virtual whiteboard. 

Similarly, gamification elements like badges and team-based wagers can add a fun and interactive element to nearly any lesson. Students can participate in real-time on their mobile devices, via the web, or on dedicated clickers, and you can intervene if a student needs help. Alternatively, you can jumpstart class discussions by sharing student responses using EchoVideo to hide all names to preserve anonymity. Some students are too shy to share their opinions with the class, and remote learning is a great way to drive their participation. 

Ensure Accessibility

Students and teachers alike need to understand how their remote educational tools work before getting started, so consider spending some time on a tour of the Echosystem’s features before the first lesson. If you have any questions, the Echosystem is backed by outstanding 24/7 customer support to address them. 

Accessibility was at the forefront of the Echosystem’s creation, with high-contrast visual interfaces and keyboard-only navigation to accommodate as many learners as possible. EchoExam also allows you to generate up to 26 versions of exams to ensure equity in the assessment process. 

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Parting Thoughts

Hopefully, the virtual classroom setup ideas above have inspired you to engage your remote learners by leveraging the Echosystem experience framework. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more about how our expertise leads to personalized learning experiences. 

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