Hacking the Backchannel: Inspired Learning in the Digital World


Jennifer Hogan tells Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes about her initial experience with the backchannel, which it turns out she may have unwittingly created decades ago.

Hogan, an Alabama principal, #USedchat co-founder and global education consultant, conducted an online chat with her students using, get this, an old AOL chat room, where she discovered some amazing things about teaching and learning in the digital world.

In this Hack Learning Podcast episode, Hogan explains how that AOL chat turned a shy kid into a classroom star, and she shares two examples of using modern backchannels in today’s classroom.

Not sure how to use a backchannel for teaching and learning? Hogan reveals this too–all in under 10 minutes.

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Quick Takeaways

  1. The backchannel is an online space, like a social network or online chatroom, where learners can converse about any subject asynchronously.
  2. Teachers can use backchannels to encourage participation from all stakeholders, including reluctant learners.
  3. The best place to learn more about backchannels is on a backchannel like Twitter; learn more at #HackLearning.

Talk to us

Find Jennifer Hogan on Twitter @jennifer_hogan and on her website here.

Tell us how you are using backchannels to inspire learning in a digital world, in our comment section below.

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Author: Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 150,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.

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