A dedicated Google Doc for a group is a barebones yet efficient alternative to the bloated mess that is Moodle. All you have to do is share the link once and there’s no need for usernames or passwords.
While we definitely should be rotating through the groups and listening in to provide immediate or delayed feedback, the following procedure can make the feedback process more robust.
Create a Google Doc for every breakout room.
Give the Google Doc and its corresponding Breakout Room the same distinctive name.
Grant your learners access to these docs and grant permission to edit.
Post the links in the main class doc.
Getting learners to take notes on each other’s speaking in their room’s dedicated Google Doc means everyone can get deferred feedback. What’s more, requiring a written record encourages accountability.
The above is the main Google Doc for one of my groups. I have inserted a link to my Breakout Rooms Google Doc (see below). To avoid clutter on my main page I have the links below in a separate document, but for simplicity’s sake they could go directly on the main page.
Give permission to edit when creating the link. (see below)
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