Our team has always believed that larger group classes are seriously inferior to small-group classes (or even sometimes video recordings), particularly if a teacher is expected to teach a language skill to a class 12 - 30 students.
However, many parts of the world do not have enough teachers or there may be economic constraints so we do understand we still need to try to facilitate this format better...
Some web-conferencing tools use "breakout rooms" to make large group classes more effective. The teacher can "break out" students into different rooms and request peers/small groups to work together & collaborate together as they "move" around the pods.
While better than just squeezing more students into a class (that quickly becomes a webinar), there is more than meets the eye:
- How tech savvy do teachers need to be in order to feel comfortable using this tool?
- How much teacher training is required before this becomes a great experience for all participants in the class?
- How does the tool give teachers "visibility" into what is happening in each pod?For instance, it's not as easy as in a physical classroom where you can use your ears and peripheral vision.
- What would make this transformational for educators
LearnCube will be developing a breakout rooms feature in 2020 specifically for online academic education, tutoring and language teaching.
We want this to be a phenomenal experience for teachers and students so if you have ideas on what works, doesn't work or would be great - please send us your ideas to email@example.com, and we'll keep you posted.