Reflection on using a BackChannel

By David - Feb 2013

So you've run a backchannel and now your looking to reflect back to improve for next time.

We've put together a couple of suggestions below.

* Ask the students if they think the backchannel / discussion was successful, take note on the things they say worked well and dive into the things that didn't work so well.

* Has the classroom dynamic changed since? We are looking to see if the relationships of the students are conducive to learning. The goal of a backchannel is to provide a neutral footing where anyone can be heard, hopefully our students who don't normally speak up.

* Are the students excited by the discussion? Hopefully a new medium gets them excited, but having a backchannel for the sake of a backchannel isn't going to help them learn, the tool needs to provide them with educational value.

* Does my grade book reflect the effort and understanding that my students showed during our discussions?

* How do I know my students are learning? Do my discussion transcripts provide me with tangible evidence that my students are at the level I expect them to be.

* Am I challenging my students that are already ahead? Hopefully your backchannel is the right environment for the achieving students to prosper, but its important to verify.

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