Interactivity during hybrid teaching

The school year 2020-2021 started in Belgium under "code yellow", as a result of the corona crisis. The University Colleges Leuven-Limburg opted for a hybrid approach at the start of the new academic year. Students could take classes on campus, subject to a few rules such as limited interactivity during the classes. It was also possible to follow classes online. After all, students regularly had to be quarantined.

3 success factors for interactivity during 'hybrid teaching'

Providing interaction is essential for quality education. Thanks to Bpart Live, teachers succeeded in making the hybrid classes interactive in an accessible way: students submitted contributions to central questions. These contributions were submitted from both home "offices" and in the auditorium. Next, a presentation screen allowed presenting and discussing all entries, with options for editing the digital post-its or converting central questions into polls. Three elements made this approach a success.

Active, accessible participation via various devices

Students in class participated via their laptop or smartphone. Students who followed the class at home on their laptop could easily participate via a second device or extra tab in their internet browser. An internet connection was sufficient to participate.

Hybrid operation: central collection of all contributions

Students who attended the class 'live' in the auditorium, as well as students who took the class online at home, could participate. In this way, engagement was possible for every student. Finally, all contributions were also centrally collected and discussed via one central presentation screen.

Live and on demand: both synchronous and asynchronous interactivity

Bpart Live was used during the live classes for interactivity, but there were also recorded classes: videos for self-teaching. Bpart Live also provided interaction during these classes: students submitted their questions or answers to statements while watching the videos. This input was then discussed during the live classes.

What did the students themselves think of it?

Both during the semester and during the evaluation after the last class, we asked for and received feedback from the students. We get some responses from it:

  • "Super handy and clear"
  • "Very nice to interact in this way"
  • "Provides more interaction and attention and so the students feel more involved"
  • "Great! Nice alternative, maybe even better because the threshold to say something is smaller"
  • "Not everyone always dares to express their opinion during class. Now this is possible and ideas are exchanged between the students"

About Bpart Live

With Bpart Live you launch central questions or themes for interaction, for online, offline and hybrid events. You present, moderate and discuss submitted contributions or opinions via a digital wall.

Thanks to a very accessible and technology-independent operation, Bpart Live is the ideal tool for interactive events. And for those wondering: yes, Bpart Live also works on a cinema screen!