Getting students involved in your session

After creating a session, you can customise your session to help improve the student experience.

You will need to...

  • Click into your Collaborate Ultra Session.
  • Design your PowerPoint beforehand with activities that students can do in the main room during the Collaborate session.
  • Make sure that there is a clear purpose for what you are doing.

Getting students involved

Using the polling tool

Click on Share Files (1) and then use the polling tool (2) during lectures and tutorials to keep students engaged.

Polling needs to be set up on the fly so the best practice is to think about the questions and answers ahead of time and have them in a Word document that you can cut and paste into the polling tool.

You can use it to check for understanding by using multiple choice or yes/no questions. This is a good way to judge how much the students understood and what you need to review.

Using the My Status feedback

The My Status tool allows moderators to ask questions and get feedback from students as they present information. Explain what you want students to do so they know how to use the feedback in this tool.

You could ask a question or present an argument and have students agree or disagree and then start a discussion on that topic. For example:

Recessions/Depressions are healthy for an economy. 

  • Those who agree need to find some points to support their position
  • Those who disagree need to find some points to support their position

Student can post their links into chat, and you can discuss one side at a time.

Make sure to set rules for chat during this discussion. You can then add other resources and links into a discussion forum where students then have resources to help with their persuasive essay assignment. (this is an example of how you support an assignment in your activities)

Student presentations

You can promote students to presenters which gives them access to the presentation options of Sharing a whiteboard (1), Sharing a screen (2) and Sharing a file (3).

Students can upload PowerPoint slides and present the information to others in the main room. In the main room these presentations will also be recorded. This is a good option if you have groups of students that need to do oral presentations as part of their assessment.

Student contributions: Sharing links and videos in chat

Students can contribute to conversations and discussions by posting links to journal articles, websites and videos into the chat window.

You could be creative and ask students to work on research as a class, with each student posting links to useful journal articles and website etc. to contribute to the resources available for a particular assignment.

One or two students could keep track of the posts and then put them into the discussion forum under that assignment. This builds resources for assignments and students spend more time evaluating resources when they know they are sharing them with others.

Branching scenarios

You can build branching scenarios in PowerPoint which provide options that students choose and will take them to different places depending on their choices.

You can also use shapes and other built-in features in PowerPoint to build more interactive scenarios.

Remember that students will need access to the PowerPoint presentation so they can run the branching scenario on their own and then discuss what they did in a tutorial or lecture.

Branching scenarios are important practice opportunity for students as they link theory to practice and create a deeper understanding of the concepts.  


(Please note - it's better to refer to the Online version rather than export, as it's always up to date)