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Are you looking for new things to do in your Zoom class meetings in Spring 2021? Are you thinking about how you’ll build community with new groups of students? In this session, we will explore new activities to use during synchronous class sessions in Zoom. This workshop will model Liberating Structures, a set of formats for facilitating group work and discussions. Liberating Structures are designed to decenter meetings from the “host” who has the Zoom controls by redistributing spaces and places for participation inside of a Zoom meeting. Liberating Structures can foster inclusion by empowering students to express their views and also build connections between meeting participants in energizing and equitable ways.

Workshop participants will experience a few different Liberating Structures and reflect together on how they can be adapted for various instructional uses (e.g. for formative assessment, peer-review, generating ideas, building community). By experiencing the use of Liberating Structures in Zoom, faculty may begin to reimagine Zoom as a space that can foster connection, engagement and reflection.

This session will take place as a Zoom meeting. Participants will receive the link to join the meeting via their confirmation email.

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