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Daily Nourishing Reflection #7: Checking in and Connecting with Learners

Welcome to day 7 of the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality (IEH) series for May 2024! How are you feeling? We can’t wait to meet many of you inshallah on May 8th live on Zoom.

Daily Facilitation Tip: Checking in and Connecting with Learners

Today’s video is by Shanali Govender and emphasizes the importance of checking in and connecting with learners, among other things. How doyou check in with learners? How do we make check-ins equitable?

Daily Activity: Exploring and Discussing Check-in Activities

Do you check-in how participants are feeling when you facilitate? If no, why not? If yes, what kind of check-ins do you do when you facilitate online? For whom might they be welcoming and for who might feel excluded, uncomfortable, or even offended? How does your facilitation style affect your choice of check-ins? How does context affect your choice?

Today’s optional additional materials give you a breadth of ideas for check-ins. Take a look at them and see which ones you think are most appropriate for certain audiences and contexts.

Daily Optional Additional Material

We have three additional materials to share

  1. Watch Maha and Mia try out four different check-in activities. Which of these work well in which contexts?
  2. Jeanne Haltz adds a new check-in activity on LinkedIn every week – which ones attracted your attention? Which might you use?
  3. Check out this slide deck with a variety of check-in activities created by Kristin Hokanson (found via Renee Hobbs). Which ones attract your attention?

One More Thing…

Today, we’re sharing another resource contributed by one of our participants, Rebecca J. Hogue. She recently wrote a blogpost about “descriptive audio” on TV shows, which is mainly intended to support those who are visually impaired follow visual but silent scenes on TV/film, but also has a “curb cut effect” in that it enables her to listen to TV shows while her eyes are busy, e.g. while cooking. She also says it gave her an additional benefit of enhancing her ability to write alternative text (something we’ve discussed earlier as well).

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This post is part of the Intentionally Equitable Hospitality Series in May 2024, which includes daily emails (of the same content here) and three live sessions. To register, please click below.

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