Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A nice back-channeling story

What is backchanneling? Imagine being able to talk and ask and answer questions that were arising from watching a video or listening to a speaker. Imagine it being done in a "chat room" of some kind and not orally. That is backchanneling.

This is one of the best descriptions of a class period in whcih the students tried their hands at this kind of learning. Chris Webb is the author. Give it a read.

1 comment:

Ian said...

Thanks for sharing, Jim. I've actually taken the idea of back channeling and applied it to my classroom. For each chapter, I set up a Moodle forum for my students and post a prompt that applies to what is in the chapter but not directly covered in class.

Discussions ensure and my classroom has just been extended. :-)