Overview of how to design a 'Talk partners' digital learning activity.
29 April 2021
As a plenary or a starter to a session, students share with a partner:
- 3 new things they have learnt,
- what they found easy,
- what they found difficult,
- someting they would like to learn in the future.
Example instructions for students
In pairs, discuss 3 new things you have learnt or what you found easy or difficult or something you would like to learn in the future.
Why use it
- To build confidence
- To encourage reflection
- To foster a sense of community
- To share different perspectives on the same topic
- To recall knowledge
- To ‘test the water’
- (Possibly more feasible in smaller groups/ with a seminar type setting)
When to use it
Depending on purpose:
- at the beginning as a way to recall existing knowledge
- in the middle to clarify points or formulate questions
- at the end of the question to check understanding and outstanding points
- as a reflective tool
Digital tools that might be used
- break-up rooms (with some preparation)
- Teams meeting
- Proximity apps
Please build in preparation time if you split students in pairs/small groups as they will need to get to know each other.
- Moodle workshop
Speed of set up time
1 minute to 30 minutes depending on resources involved and planning the structure.
Depending on resources involved and planning the structure:
- To define the activity
- To prepare questions
- To establish an etiquette with the students
This activity may become easier and more spontaneous if repeated throughout the modules/the sessions
- Proximity apps
- annotation software
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