Checks for Understanding

Checks for Understanding

Because your remote learning students may not understand the procedure for asking questions or voicing their concerns, it will be paramount that instructors build into each class session a way to explicitly check all students’ understanding. These checks should be used throughout a class session, regardless of the mode of instruction.

Zoom Non-Verbal Feedback

A quick way to get some simple feedback from students is using the Zoom non-verbal feedback options. When students click on manage participants, a list of course participants will pop up along with a simple menu bar along the bottom of the window.  The options include raise hand, yes/no, go slower/faster, need a break, and thumbs up/down. (See the following YouTube video on Zoom Advanced Features. Fast forward to minute 3:50.)


Plan to embed a poll/survey of some kind into every class session.  You can use the Zoom Polls feature, create a Google Form that you link to through Zoom chat or through Canvas, create a Canvas quiz as an open survey, or use a free external application like Poll Everywhere.

Q&A Sessions

Create a slide that just says Q&A or Questions? Remind students to use the Raise Hand feature and that you will call on them by name during this time. Ask your Zoom Ambassador to search the chat for any other questions that might have been overlooked. Zoom does have a Q&A feature that can be used if your Zoom meeting is developed as a webinar.  This may not be something you are interested in doing, but see the Zoom Getting Started with Question & Answer tutorial if you are interested.

Ticket Out the Door

Consider having a procedure that requires students to reflect on their learning before leaving class for the day. Many instructors call this a “ticket out the door.”  This activity can come in many shapes and sizes. You could create a Google Form similar to an attendance form that only has 1-2 questions on it.  This link could be added to the Zoom chat or linked through Canvas.  It might ask students to . . . 

  • Summarize what you learned today in 12 words or less

  • Describe the muddiest point (where are you still confused)

  • What do you plan to do to help yourself understand this concept better


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