Introductory activities

Asynchronous & Synchronous Introductions

For students to share multiple dimensions of themselves, synchronously or asynchronously.

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Asynchronous & Synchronous Introductions
Educator prep: None
Student prep: None
Synchronous or Asynchronous
Video conferencing
Duration: Variable

Activity purpose

For students to share multiple dimensions of themselves, synchronously or asynchronously.

Useful for

First week of class introductions, and to help the teacher and students remember things about each other beyond the moment of introductions. Teachers and students can go back to this throughout the semester to remember some details about each other.

Preparation

None.

Instructions

  1. ALTCV - ask students to create an introduction to themselves that is not like a regular CV, but is an alternative CV, both in terms of what they share about themselves (what they value, not what is expected) and how they present it (they can get creative with video, visuals, etc.). You can reuse or adapt the prompt used here. Students can upload/link their ALTCV on their blogs, or in a discussion forum space on the LMS or a Padlet or such.
  2. Video/picture introductions shared in one space, such as FlipGrid, Padlet, Google doc, or LMS discussion board. Ask students to record a brief video introducing themselves (can be voice over if they don’t like to use their actual face) or use a photo/image (does not need to be a personal photo, can be photo(s) representing something about themselves) and post it to a shared space where all students can see each others’ introductions.
  3. Collaborative introductions. This is a synchronous activity where each person says one or two things about themselves, and if others have the same thing in common, they raise their hand or type in the chat. 

Duration

  1. ALTCV - this can be an early low-stakes assignment. Give students a few days to a week to do it.
  2. Video/Picture introductions - this can be an early low-stakes assignment. Give students a few days to a week to do it.
  3. Collaborative introductions: this depends on the size of your class.

Technical requirements

No specific tech requirements for the asynchronous options. For the collaborative introductions, any video conferencing tool could work.

Useful resources

More 'Introductory activities' activities:
Equity Unbound Activity
Thick Greetings
Try out a slower and more deliberate opportunity for everyone to introduce themselves.
Maha Bali, Mia Zamora, Autumm Caines, Laura Gibbs
Equity Unbound Activity
What kind of animal are you?
Fun introductory or warm-up activity.
Irene Maweu

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