Set an agenda and objective for the class
It’s important to have a clear learning objective for students on a video call, just as it is in the classroom. This can either be shared beforehand over email or laid out in the first few minutes of the call. This will help students to engage and get themselves ready for class.
Set a task to do before the classroom video conference
A surefire way to get debate moving, tasks that are set via email or group chat before a virtual class give teachers something to discuss and students a good understanding of what to expect from the upcoming session. This can take the form of a research project that members of the class can collaborate on or traditional homework assignments.