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Interactive Webinar

Field of application

Work in special seminar forms 

Target group

(including group size)

-         Participants:

§  Min. 12

§  Max. no limitation

§  Ideal: 30-60


§  The webinar trainer asks guiding questions on a specific topic.

§  Answers are compared, analyzed, processed and structured

§  Ideas should be generated on how participants can react well in future change processes





-         Time:

§  15-20min


-         Materials:

§  Webinar-Software-Program

§  Stopwatch


Implementation - Guidelines






§  All participants get an ID-number

§  Explanation how to send text messages in the chatroom

§  Question: Ask an open, simulating question related to the webinar topic

§  Group formation 1

o   For example, if you have 31 participants dial the number 13-22 (10 participants) They will form the first group. If there are fewer participants, the group size will be reduced. The first group should be about one third.

§  Task 1

o   Group 1 should type their tasks into the text field

o   Set stopwatch function to 3min

o   Collect reactions: Invite those who are not assigned to a group to carefully read, compare, structure and analyze the answers

§  Group formation 2

o   After the time expires, a new group is formatted (all participants whose ID is divisible by 3)

§  Task 2

o   Duration: 3min

o   The five best answers of the first task are to be determined by text messages (explanation of the suggestions)

o   Other participants observe the interaction in the group chat

o   Top 5 are entered in the text field

§  Group formation 3, task 3

o   After the time is up, the answers are read out

o   Participants who were neither in the first nor the second group form a new group

o   All may formulate a sixth answer

o   Duration: 2 min



o   New answers are read out

o   Each participant writes down an answer that he or she find particularly useful

o   Briefly recapitulate the variety of answer


Thiagarajan, S. (2016) p. 304-306


Additional format/references


§  Strategies to promote interactivity in the virtual classroom

o   Assessment-Based Learning Activities: Determination of your success through an online test, an evaluation scale, a questionnaire, trainer can then concentrate on the things that have not yet been fulfilled

o   Brain-Pick-Activity: Experts, with experience in the respective training topics, grouping with one expert each interviewed by the participants, experts are each in a group, then presentation of what they have learned

o   Case Method: Starts with an audio frequency/ movie/ text on a fictitious scenario for a specific problem case. With the help of the chat function it is discussed - analyzed - make decisions, apply concepts/ principles

o   Closers: conclude learning activity, interactive discussion forums to clarify ambiguities, plan implementation options, provide feedback, coordination for future contacts

o   Consensus decision-making Activities: Create a priority list within the group chat, differences are discussed

o   Debriefing Activities: Dialogue and reflection on previous experiences or on a role play/simulation game; experiences are exchanged using the chat function, stimulating an exchange of feelings, gaining insights into other situations

o   Double Exposure Activities: Training video/audio recordings are played and evaluated by the participants - new concepts and skills are discussed and exchanged via chat function

o   Graphics Game: Analyze pictures/graphics - recognize cross-relations - discuss findings

o   Improv Games: promote the use of concepts and terms 

o   Instructional Puzzles: Testing the inventiveness of the participants and working with content that is assessed, tested, taught and deepened

o   Pair Work: two people work together in a matrix to give an answer to a question

o   Role-plays: The participants chat in pairs, or two volunteers use microphones for an audio role play, the other participants rate it

o   Troubleshooting Simulations: can be used in case of technical breakdowns, online leader presents a breakdown scenario, supplementary data from the recording equipment are shown on the screen - participants suggest tests and the leader provides the necessary data until the breakdown is identified - online debriefing