Individual or Small Group Support
One-on-one communication is essential in many academic settings, such as thesis supervision, providing feedback and tutoring. When working online the most obvious method to go for is (video)calling, as it is most closely related to real live communication.
You could use this...
- For coaching, supervising, and providing feedback. In this small setting, you can provide guidance on the students’ work and progress.
- To help your students feel seen and heard, therefore contribute to their motivation and involvement.
Keep in mind
- Think about both the method and the message when giving feedback. In an online context, especially when there is no video involved, things may come across stronger than intended.
- Not everybody is feeling comfortable using their camera. Although it’s highly recommended to use video calls, if participants are not willing to, it is better to go for a regular call (or switch of all cameras).
Options & examples
In the case of sensitive information or elaborating on given feedback, it is recommended to simulate real live communication.
- (Video) calling
You can use regular phone calls or Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams. For the latter, making use of screen sharing can support your message. Be aware that online meetings often take a bit longer than the ones in real life.
- Shared documents
You can use One Drive to let students collaborate in a document, but also to provide feedback on this document by adding comments or suggestions. Students can work with the given comments or you can discuss these during a call when working in the document in real-time.
Content related feedback can also be provided through email, although you should take into account that written feedback often comes across stronger and less nuanced. Therefore it’s recommended to book some additional time to elaborate on the feedback if needed.
Tools Supported by Leiden University
- Telephone calls