In Jo's recent blog bemoaning the lack of interactivity in webinars, it shocked me to see that 'Asking the audience questions' during the webinar wasn't even an area that was measured https://lightbulbmoment.info/2020/12/10/dont-waste-your-live-online-session-interact-with-your-audience/
Granted, 52.6% of those polled said they 'showcased audience questions' in webinars but:
1) I don't know what 'showcased' means
2) 52% is a low percentage if the aim of your webinar is engagement.
In rolling out a global programme of online classroom modules, delivered by business people rather than trainers, we had to think long and hard about how to maximise the interactivity and to drive up the level of engagement. Here's what we learned:
1. Prepare people from the outset that there's an expectation they will contribute - signpost your intention to ask for volunteers and your readiness to volunteer someone
2. Have 'Contributions from everyone' as a ground rule for the session and invite people to sign up to this
3. Build in a variety of ways to invite contributions: come off mute; chat; emoticons; wheel of names, popcorn (trainer asks for first person to volunteer, then first person pick the second person - and so on), thumbs up/down coming to those whose name begins with letters A-E and so on
4. Dig a little deeper - e.g. in responding to points raised - say via Chat - take the time to ask questions to deepen your understanding
5. For each exercise, have some pre-prepared debrief questions to get the process rolling
6. Ask questions to encourage recall - in this way the key points are more likely to stick
7. Ask questions to encourage reflection - meaning making is critical for learning
8. Ask questions to prompt application - ensure the time invested in the training reaps rewards
If you've discovered more, please add to these suggestions.