Luma Connection #48: National/World Holiday Engagement

Collaboration and connection are important for our social-emotional well-being. Importantly, Luma has conducted research and published the benefits for creating learning communities remotely. This year, Luma will provide specific strategies you can implement to connect learners remotely. We are calling these strategies our Luma Connections.

Teaching Tool: LumaLive®
Nugget the MascotThis is Luma’s synchronous or same time meeting tool. This online tool allows learners to interact with each other to explore a topic and to discuss key concepts, share experiences, interact with each other, and to ask questions in real time. Interactions are in real-time and can be mentor-learner, learner-to-content, learner-to-self, and learner-to-learner.

National/World Holidays Engagement

Starting a lesson with a National/World Holiday can be a way to get a learners’ attention and engage them into a discussion. In other words, start when something authentic and meaningful and then follow up with a discussion that is aligned to your learning objectives.

To conduct a National/World Holiday discussion:

  1. Pick a daily national/world holiday to discuss. Visit National Today for a comprehensive list of holidays.

  2. Introduce the holiday either with a “Did you know?” question or as a fun fact.
  3. Pose an open-ended question related to the day.

Check out our National/World Holiday Today discussions on our discussion board under the What’s New section for ideas and to join the conversation!

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