Getting students to make meaningful contributions in online discussions might feel impossible…Harmonize makes it a cinch.
Harmonize shows students and instructors everything that’s happening, at a glance. As a result, it’s easy for students to discover content and for instructors to monitor student engagement. Reactions and tagging make contributing to online discussions feel easy and natural for students.
Milestones, or multiple due dates, help students remember deadlines and contribute to discussions now instead of at the last minute. Use them to set clear expectations, remind students of approaching due dates, and pull them back into the conversation.
Encourage more vibrant and frequent discussions by giving every student a pathway to participation. Use annotations to provide richer feedback and facilitate peer-to-peer learning. Instructors can also spark new conversations using chat, polls, and Q&A boards.
Gauge student engagement at a glance. The Harmonize layout makes it easy to see which conversations have the most engagement and what students are saying.
Lend structure to your course experience. Milestones help students see what’s expected of them, and when, so they make substantive, on-time contributions.
Why should students only be able to post text? Harmonize supports video, images, audio, and embedded URLs, so students can finally express themselves.
Let students answer each others’ questions. Leave Q&A boards up all term to avoid repeated questions and help students share information in one place.
Adding annotations to content promotes peer-to-peer learning, richer instructor feedback, and deeper engagement with course material.
Pull students into the conversation by tagging them directly. Students and instructors have the ability to tag anybody in the class.
Keep students on task and help them meet deadlines with notifications. Add a custom notification for the whole class or individual students.
Using Harmonize Chat, instructors and students can communicate in real time. It’s easy for students to see which classmates are online and begin a new chat.
Use polls to gauge understanding, assess students, or review content. You can even use a poll to take attendance. Run a poll on its own or add it to any discussion.
Students can use emojis to respond to their classmates. Reactions lower the barrier to responding to peers and help more students contribute.
My class introduction discussion this past spring had the most interaction and engagement that I’ve seen in my 20 years of teaching online!