It can be intimidating to interrupt a lesson to ask a question infront of a crowded lecture theatre. With the added fear of social judgment when speaking out.
Studies have shown that low self-esteem, anxiety, and general lack of confidence can be responsible for student’s passiveness in class. Fear of sounding unintelligent when pointing out their view, can make student choose to be comfortably quiet.
Also in larger classroom settings, students tend to keep to themselves and have less opportunities to participate.
Why it matters
Participation in class is a crticial component of learning. It provides students the chance to apply their knowledge, express their ideas and enhance their own understanding.
Students can ask questions privately through the portal while choosing to keep their identity concealed. Teachers are able to received questions real-time on their dashboard.
Questions are displayed with a large font, allowing the teacher to read them from afar. The background colour also changes with every new question, allowing easy identification when a new question is asked.
In larger classroom setting, it can be easier for teachers to deliver discussion-based activities through the portal. Activities such as quizzes, case-study analyses, role playing that can encourage everyone to participate and talk.
Students are able to provide feedback on the difficulty of the ongoing lesson. Allowing the teacher to adjust the lesson to a more comfortable pace or repeat the topic again.
Teachers can see the real-time status of the difficulty students are facing right on the dashboard.
Asking for consensus can encourage students to participate more enthusiastically in class. Because students can feel that their opinions are taken into consideration.
Without students voicing out, it can be challenging for teachers to spot students who are struggling to understand the lesson.
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