Creative uses of Zoom for engaging adult learners

Hello Integrating Technology colleagues,

You may have been using Zoom for several months now -- or longer -- to provide remote or online teaching and learning. Many adult basic skills (including ESL/ESOL) teachers now depend on it. However, many teachers also complain that they have not figured out successful strategies, using Zoom (or other videoconferencing platforms such as webEx, GoToMeeting, or Google Meet,) that keep their learners engaged.

Using Zoom or other videoconferencing platforms, how do you keep your students engaged?

David J. Rosen, Moderator

LINCS CoP Integrating Technology group


Hi there,

Thanks for starting this discussion.

In Toronto this spring and summer the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy and AlphaPlus hosted the Silver Linings Café. We met once a week and addressed topics that literacy instructors asked us to cover and instructors shared strategies and tips for the pivot to remote learning.

We collected some ideas that came from this group for Building Community in Zoom sessions. The first set of ideas in this document are things that instructors in the SLC group tried with some success - they are kitchen tested :) Others may have tried some of these activities as well -- or this list may spark more ideas.

(The document also has some other resources and an annotated bibliography of Liberating Structures. I have not heard from anyone using the Liberating Structures yet.)

I'm looking forward to seeing what others share here and taking it back to the SLC when we start up again in September.

Tracey Mollins, AlphaPlus