Have students share experiences, images, and videos. Canvas makes it easy to add video and images in discussions.
- How do I embed an image in a discussion reply as a student?
- How do I upload a video using the Rich Content Editor?
- How can I create a video in Studio? Use CELT’s Studio (Canvas) page.
The great thing is you don’t have to reinvent the wheel with ice breakers. Several ice breakers have been shared on the Canvas Commons. Create one icebreaker topic for about every 5-10 students. Choice is essential. (e.g., if you have 130 students in an online course, create 15 icebreakers so any one thread is not too “crowded,” 25 students, create 5-6 icebreakers).
Directions for students:
- Complete at least ONE online icebreaker. Go inside this forum to view the icebreakers. Your initial post should be at least two paragraphs. This is a chance to get “warmed up” in terms of writing so do not be brief here.
- Try to include a multi-media element (optional) such as a link, picture, or screenshot of a Google Map (if you are doing “Location, Location, Location”).
- Explain and also respond to other posting(s) in the Icebreaker thread you chose!
Example Ice Breakers
As the instructor post a few options for students to choose from. To connect you with your students, share your response within each of the icebreaker topics.
14 Ice Breaker Examples
Create an Online Icebreaker Discussion, by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at Iowa State University is licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. This work, Create an Online Icebreaker Discussion, is a derivative of Building social community in an online course through online icebreakers! blog post developed by P. Semington retrieved (April 27, 2020) from http://virtualgadfly.com/?p=65.