CoverUnit 1. About this bookFour reasons not to require students to be on webcam all the timeQuick resources about pedagogy and technology that may be helpful to shareForewordAcknowledgementsUnit 2. Examples of whole-class activitiesCreating a mindful learning environment using Adobe ConnectCreating community agreements collaboratively with online students: Reasons, anti-racist considerations, and logistics in Adobe ConnectThe use of a large chat pod to encourage chat participation about particular questionsUsing large slides and a smaller chat pod to focus attention on mini-lecture contentCreating opportunities for student voice in online classes by using polls for feedbackUsing polls to guide class check-in timeUsing a poll and a second chat pod to wrap up the class sessionAdobe Connect status icons: A useful feature to increase engagement Bringing all students onto webcam together for special circumstances: Using a large video podUsing PowerPoint portrait-oriented slides to maximize content sharingGroup presentations in Adobe Connect: Using an extra wide video pod and dedicated second chat pod for Q&ALive drawing using a second webcamUsing a large webcam pod and large chat in a panel view layout: How to create a custom virtual stage for successful guest speaker presentationsDedicated chat pods for simulated client role play video exercise in an online skills-based lab“Good point. I agree.”: Challenging students to create “thoughtful contributions” in classA Moment of Action: Opening an inclusive, engaged, and trauma-informed classroomIn-class breaks: The importance of taking a break during online classes and considerations for break activitiesCommunity-building in Adobe Connect: Using layouts and different pods to facilitate games and icebreaker activities Building online class community through photos and storytelling“Student Spotlight” Activity: Cultivating an Empathetic Online CommunityUsing emojis in Adobe Connect to encourage student engagement AHA moments: Connecting online course content to field educationUsing layouts to facilitate guided mindfulness, meditation, and yoga in Adobe Connect classroomsMindfulness and the engaged online classroomChair yoga in the online classroom Using PhotoVoice as a teaching tool in the Adobe Connect classroomUsing a creative award presentation to review semester content and leave a lasting impactCreating a virtual quilt: A final class activity/toolUnit 3. Examples of small-group breakout activities and debriefsEnriching classroom discussions with breakout roomsEnhancing student engagement in the 10-minute breakout activity: Pre-assigning groups and rolesShowing note pods from breakout groups in one layout to debrief or monitor progress of a breakout conversation: Using a birds eye view setupKWL charts: How to implement this teaching technique in the Adobe Connect online classroom Breakout exercise for collective syllabus annotation in Adobe ConnectConcept mapping: Bringing Universal Design for Learning to the Adobe Connect classroomAn example of using the whiteboard for small breakout groups in Adobe Connect: “Draw Poverty”Scripted role play in Adobe Connect: Practicing clinical skills in an online classroomDimensions of self care: Exploring clinical issues for social workers in an online classroomThe use of polls to facilitate post-role play exercise debriefing discussions in an online skills labEnding a course with gratitude: A unique and memorable activity acknowledging student contributions to the class communityAppendixAuthor biosAdditional resources about online education from our authors
Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions

Creating a virtual quilt: A final class activity/tool

Short description

A termination quilt is the cumulative visual of a class’s experience in a virtual format. Similar to a physical quilt that is created by joining together multiple unique squares, this virtual quilt is made up of individual photos or images created by the students in an online classroom.

This chapter is written from my perspective as a Live Support Specialist (LSS). As a LSS, I was responsible for setting up the virtual platform (Adobe Connect) and ensuring that the virtual tools we used (polls, slides, music, etc.) were ready for the live session and ran smoothly. As a LSS, I also provided live technical support to students and the instructional team.

Teaching & learning goal

Termination is an expected, but often dreaded, aspect of being a social work student. It can be described as the process to ending a relationship. For students, they terminate their internships and their relationships with the clients and professionals they learn from during that time. Termination is a process because it often starts weeks before the actual end date or last day for students and gives the students the opportunity to review goals accomplished and to plan for their clients after they finish their internships. This activity allows students an opportunity to create an image that illustrates their experience over the course of a semester as part of the process of terminating with a classroom community at the end of a semester. Instructions are minimal to allow students to be as creative as they would like.

This activity allows students to:

Activity and results

This activity was used as a way for students to terminate with the online community that was built over the course of a semester in an advanced clinical course for second year students. Coupled with a lecture on terminating with clients in their field placement, this activity was used as a tool to show students an example of termination in a hands-on way. A Termination Quilt can be adapted in the following ways:

This was one of my favorite activities because the entire class was able to see everyone’s experience as individuals and as a class. The instructional team chose to display each student’s image separately in a slideshow first, and then all the images together in a compilation image. Students created images using the new vocabulary they learned, included photos of themselves and their favorite tools from their internships, and wrote stories about the moments that made the biggest impact on them. Some images were simple and only included a few colors or words while others incorporated a variety of colors and quotes.

Technical details and steps

Step 1: Introducing the Termination Quilt activity via your learning platform

We utilized Canvas (our learning management system) to create an assignment that included the instructions for this activity and to send out an announcement to remind students of the deadline. For our class, students emailed the finished photo to me as the LSS. However, Canvas can also be used to upload the images to an assignment if the individual creating the quilt has access to the assignment.

Here is some sample language for the assignment:

Please create an image on a 8x11 piece of paper (standard printer paper) or a digital image of the same size using any materials you would like. These materials can include paint, pens, colored pencils, markers, and magazines. You are welcome to use words or images or a combination of both! Please reflect on the semester and your experience with the course materials. Once you’ve created your image, please take a picture of it and save it as a .JPEG file to be emailed to the LSS. Please email your images to our LSS Sierra by Monday, April 11 at 9am EST.

Step 2: Creating the Termination Quilt

I used Powerpoint but you can substitute that for any program/software that allows you to create a slideshow. Once all the students’ images have been collected, insert each photo onto a slide and arrange them in rows. Larger classes will have smaller images. Images can be arranged at the instructional team’s discretion. Some potential arrangements are 1) in order of images received, 2) in alphabetical order, 3) reverse alphabetical order, or 4) at random.

We also chose to create a slideshow with the student’s images. To create the slideshow, we also used Powerpoint. If you’d like to do this, first insert each student’s photo on a separate slide. Next, adjust the photo’s size, depending on the orientation of portrait or landscape, so that the photo fills as much of the slide as possible. Next, use the Create a Video option under Export to create your video with the custom settings that you would like.

Step 3: Displaying your Termination Quilt in Adobe Connect

The slideshow or video can be uploaded to Adobe Connect as you would upload any slideshow or video. Please refer to the below section for more information about displaying your termination quilt. I have included examples of what this can look like for a class with 12 students (Image 1) and a class with 30 students (Image 2). For a fun addition, you can upload a song of the class’ choice to play in a separate share pod.

What this looked like in Adobe Connect

Image 1: Adobe Connect classroom, displaying a large share pod with a slide with 12 colored boxes to represent student images. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 1 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom. On the far left, there is a video pod with the webcam displaying an image of the author, Sierra Spriggs, with a share pod underneath with a song selection, titled “music,” and the attendees pod is at the bottom. In the middle, there is a large share pod displaying a slideshow with twelve colored boxes to represent student images. The colored boxes are arranged in six columns with two rows. The top row is blue, yellow, red, purple, orange, white. The bottom row is light blue, light orange, gray, light pink, red, and green. Below the colored boxes the slide says “Example Class Size: 12 students.” On the right side, there is a Chat pod that does not have any chat messages.

Image 2: Adobe Connect classroom, displaying a large share pod with a slide with thirty colored boxes to represent student images. Adobe product screenshot(s) reprinted with permission from Adobe.

Image 2 Alt-Text: This is a screengrab of an Adobe Connect classroom that looks almost the same as the one in Image 1. The difference is that the large share pod is displaying a slideshow with thirty colored boxes to represent student images. The colored boxes are arranged in ten columns with three rows. The color sequence is green, red, light blue, yellow, purple, orange, gray, green, red, and light blue. Below the colored boxes the slide says “Example Class Size: 30 students.”

Acknowledgements

I would personally like to thank Elisabeth Counselman-Carpenter (Instructor), Kristin Garay (Associate), and the Fall 2017 Advanced Clinical Practice students for being the real inspiration for this chapter.

Suggested Citation

(2022). Creating a virtual quilt: A final class activity/tool. In , , , & (Eds.), Designing Engaging and Interactive Synchronous Online Class Sessions: Using Adobe Connect to Maximize its Pedagogical Value. EdTech Books. https://edtechbooks.org/designing_engaging_interactive_synchronous_online_classes/virtual_quilt
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