Something behind you
The purpose of the activity is to allow students to get to know each other in an online environment.
Introductions on the first day of class.
None, but it helps if you put the prompt on the agenda so students can think about it.
During introductions, ask students to describe ‘something that is behind them‘ on the screen if they are on camera. For those who prefer to stay off camera, encourage them to just describe something behind themselves; the other students don’t need to see the object. The activity‘s purpose is to act as a prompt for sharing a story. Students can use virtual backgrounds and describe them, or they can use physical objects from their backgrounds. Sometimes students might want to share about something that is usually behind them but isn’t currently.
1 minute per student.
If a student doesn’t want to turn their camera on or use a virtual background you could ask them to share a photo of something by sharing their screen.
For synchronous session – video on.
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This activity is one of a series of activities from Equity Unbound, focused on equitable online community building.Find out more
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