Collaboration and connection are important for our social-emotional well-being. Importantly, Luma has conducted research and published the benefits for creating learning communities remotely. This year, Luma will provide specific strategies you can implement to connect learners remotely. We are calling these strategies our Luma Connections.
Teaching Tool: LumaLive®
This is Luma’s synchronous or same time meeting tool. This online tool allows learners to interact with each other to explore a topic and to discuss key concepts, share experiences, interact with each other, and to ask questions in real time. Interactions are in real-time and can be mentor-learner, learner-to-content, learner-to-self, and learner-to-learner.
Learners require at least 5–15 seconds of think-time to process and formulate responses to closed-ended questions. This is longer for open-ended questions which require more than a one-word answer. When posing discussion questions in a live classroom setting, use this Think and Write Learning Strategy to help learners organize their thoughts before facilitating a discussion. This will increase participation and engagement.
- Pose the discussion question.
- Provide 15 seconds to think.
- Provide 45 seconds to jot down answers/ideas.
- Call on learners to respond.