Learning Activity

Self-introduction | Discussion assignment

Foster connections and engagement with fun online introductions
Created by Pedagogy Team at FeedbackFruits
Learning outcome:
Prep time:
Low (<10 min)
Activity type(s):

Why this learning activity?

Learning activities targeting high-order skills like this one can help you activate students more effectively. This activity will help you with:

Self-introduction skills

Students will develop the ability to create a concise and engaging self-introduction video by answering specific questions about their background and aspirations.

Peer interaction

Students will enhance their communication skills by interacting with assigned peers, fostering a sense of familiarity and connection within the course.

Feedback and engagement

Students will practice giving and receiving constructive feedback through the open discussion platform, improving their critical thinking and collaborative skills.


Activity steps

1. Read instructions: Carefully go through the provided instructions to understand the objectives and requirements of this discussion activity. Pay attention to any specific guidelines or criteria mentioned to ensure you meet all expectations.

2. Hand in: Submit any required pre-discussion materials as per the instructions provided. Ensure that your submission is complete and meets all the specified requirements. Double-check for any errors or missing components before handing it in.

3. Discuss with your peers: Engage in a structured discussion with your peers based on the assigned topics. Share your insights, ask questions, and actively participate to enrich the conversation. Make sure to listen to others and provide thoughtful responses.

4. Open discussion: Participate in an open discussion where you can explore additional topics or questions that arise during the initial structured discussion. This is an opportunity to delve deeper into the subject matter and gain a broader perspective.

5. Reflect on the assignment: Take some time to reflect on the entire discussion process. Write a reflection that includes what you learned, how the discussions influenced your understanding, and any changes you plan to make in your approach to similar tasks in the future.

Activity setup

FeedbackFruits tool(s) used:

This activity is aimed at facilitating student introductions and fostering a sense of belonging in an online or large course environment.

  • Online environment engagement: Working in an online environment, or being part of a large course can at times be intimidating. Use this discussion board to give your students an opportunity to introduce themselves in a fun way and foster engagement and connection.

In this activity template:

  1. Uploading a file: In this activity, students will first upload a file. This can be a video, a document, or an audio file.
  2. Peer matching: Students will be matched with at least two other peers, before the discussion opens to the entire class.

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