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From Passive to Proactive: Increasing attendance with interactive tools

In this interview-based article, we explore the transformative influence of SpatialChat on the online education experience and virtual classrooms for Cleber Morais, a professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco.

Julia Stabinskaite

Traditional video conferencing tools often fall short in capturing students' attention and fostering active participation. However, with the emergence of innovative solutions, educators can now unlock the true potential of interactive and immersive online learning experiences. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of interactive video conferencing tools and peer collaboration in enhancing engagement and learning outcomes.

Interactive video conferencing tools enhance engagement and well-being during virtual meetings and classes.
— Stanford University, University of Gothenburg

In this interview-based article, we explore the transformative influence of SpatialChat on the online education experience and virtual classrooms for Cleber Morais, a professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco. Through an insightful interview conducted by Danny Chepenko (Head of Growth & Data at SpatialChat), we delve into the powerful impact of interactivity on student engagement during the course.

When virtual learner engagement becomes a quest

Recent research conducted by Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg has emphasized the significance of interactive video conferencing tools in enhancing engagement and well-being during virtual meetings and classes, preventing participants from feeling physically trapped. These findings align with studies that have shown the positive impact of online collaboration and effective communication with instructors on students' attitudes towards attending online classes and completing assignments. It is clear that creating interactive learning environments is crucial to maximize student participation and attendance.

In the face of the challenges posed by online education, capturing students' attention and fostering active participation in virtual classes becomes a daunting task for educators. Cleber, like many other dedicated educators, recognized this challenge and sought to address it.

Danny: When it comes to the virtual classroom, what specific needs and motivations of your students do you observe?

Cleber: Sometimes it’s hard to keep your students motivated and participate in the learning process actively, especially with undergraduates, since they only start to recognize their work and study commitments. It’s important to have an interactive and dynamic learning space to keep them engaged.

Danny: What kind of environment were you looking for to meet these needs?

Cleber: I needed a platform that could go beyond the monotonous nature of traditional video conferencing, with a safe and vibrant space where students could feel motivated, interact, and also have fun while learning.

New virtual perspectives

Virtual but so real

Through the implementation of SpatialChat, Cleber harnessed a powerful tool to keep his students motivated and significantly increase engagement rates in the digital learning environment. SpatialChat transported Cleber and his students into a virtual world that felt surprisingly authentic.

They were no longer confined to static screens; they could move freely, mimicking the experience of being physically present in the same room.

Cultivating a culture of respect and virtual space awareness

SpatialChat provided Cleber with a range of features that transformed his teaching methods and captured his students' attention. The interface fostered a sense of discipline and respect, as students intuitively understood the importance of maintaining virtual decorum.

“This is how regular classes happened. Look how nicely seated they are! One at the piano... I love this”

Enhanced interactivity as a catalyst for student participation

Unlike traditional tools, SpatialChat allowed Cleber, to be an active presenter, guiding his students through the material in a way that kept them fully involved. Morais embraced various features to enhance his teaching methods and actively engage his students.

Danny: What of the SpatialChat features you find particularly effective to increase interactivity?

Cleber: One feature I found valuable was the drawing tool. It allowed me and my students to illustrate concepts, brainstorm ideas, and visually collaborate in real-time. It brought a new level of interactivity to our discussions and problem-solving.

Danny: That's interesting. What about other interactive elements in SpatialChat? Did you incorporate them into your teaching, and how did they impact the learning experience?

Cleber: Watching YouTube videos together in SpatialChat was transformative. It added a new dimension to multimedia learning, enabling real-time engagement and discussions.

Danny: Did you also utilize breakout rooms in SpatialChat? How did they contribute to collaboration among your students?

Cleber: Breakout rooms were fantastic for group discussions and collaborative activities. Students could work together in smaller groups, promoting teamwork and active participation.

Making the Online Classroom Lit

The interactive nature of SpatialChat sparked a transformation within the virtual classroom. Students engaged in lively discussions through text chat, eagerly sharing ideas and reacting with emojis, creating an environment that resembled a lively classroom discussion. They reveled in collective activities, simultaneously drawing and writing, fostering collaboration and unleashing their creative potential.

“And here’s the first class that I allowed them to be free. Put whatever they want in the room...So lots of GIfs and they went nuts!”

The classroom became a place of vibrant energy and engagement, far from the dullness of everyday video conferencing tools. Students danced, shared videos, and interacted with gifs and memes, infusing the virtual classroom with an infectious energy. The once-static online environment now buzzed with life!

Interactive tools when keeping motivation is top priority

Since Cleber recognized the unique challenges of teaching undergraduate students, he knew the process required extra motivation and active involvement in the virtual classroom. The interactive tools within SpatialChat allowed Cleber to incorporate multimedia elements, such as sharing videos and interactive coding sessions, which further enhanced student engagement and comprehension. SpatialChat nurtured a sense of belonging and camaraderie, providing an inclusive space where every student's voice was valued. Students felt more connected, motivated, and actively participated in discussions, resulting in a more enriching learning experience.

Attendance rates rise

With the introduction of SpatialChat the attendance rate doubled compared to previous virtual classes, indicating a newfound enthusiasm among his students and underlining the importance of interactivity in virtual classes.The platform provided a feedback loop, allowing him to receive instant reactions, questions, and discussions from his students, replicating the dynamic of a physical classroom.

It bridged the gap between the digital and physical worlds, enabling real-world experiences in a digitized space.

“Here we use, multi screen sharing: an app story, the use case documentation and the use case diagram at the same moment in class... And I move around them pointing in the camera, showing details.”

Sparking Engagement in Virtual Classrooms

Interactive tools have emerged as a powerful ally in the realm of online education, redefining engagement and collaboration in virtual classrooms. Cleber Morais' journey showcases the transformative potential of SpatialChat in creating dynamic and immersive learning environments. As educators embrace innovative tools, they unlock the true possibilities of online education, fostering enriched and interactive learning experiences for their students. The result? Increased student participation, improved attendance rates, and a vibrant virtual classroom.

In this pursuit of innovative solutions, SpatialChat stands out as an invaluable resource for universities and teachers seeking to enhance attendance rates and foster engagement. Join SpatialChat today and elevate your online teaching experience.

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