A reader sent the article below, which describes the successful implementation of various hand signals in university classes taught via video.
Developed from one researcher’s experience using hand signals as a lifeguard, a group of students experimented with using the signals in class to “show agreement or dissent, to display concern or care, to congratulate someone, or…to ask a question.”
The group that used the signals reported feeling more connected to the group, more enjoyment of the seminar, and “found it easy to exchange ideas” at a higher rate than the control group.
I have a couple of guesses as to why the hand signals had this effect.
- By introducing the signals, the instructors explicitly acknowledged that everyone was sharing a virtual setting, and that new and supplemental communication methods were needed. The act of acknowledging this and setting up some processes gave everyone on the call a level of input and engagement usually absent from virtual meetings and classroom settings.
- One of the toughest hurdles of a virtual platform is that only one person can be heard at a time. The signals give everyone a way to “chime in” without talking over one another.
What do you think? Have you found yourself looking for new ways to connect via video? Tired of being talked over?
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h/t to Craig for sending this article!