The student benefits of an anonymous back-channel

“If I ask that question, they’ll think I’m stupid.”

The fear of bad optics prevents many from asking questions in class when they’re legitimately confused about the subject matter. Reported by Inside Higher Ed, recent research from the University of Michigan shows that students are more likely to ask questions if they’re able to do so anonymously. An anonymous back-channel also removes gender bias, and creates opportunities for other students to step in and assist, improving learning even further.

The takeaway? Whether in our online or on-campus classes, how can we use technology to make sure students have a safe channel to get their questions answered?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.