Blended Learning Techniques: Online office hours

At a time when student : staff ratios are relatively high, it can be difficult to provide the one-to-one attention that students might need in order to get the most out of their time at university, school or college.  Office hours are one way in which we as teachers can set aside some of our time to deal with pressing issues.  However, the regular format of these office hours tends to be a long queue of students in the hall outside a teacher’s office, and limited contact with individual students who might all have the same question.  There are a number of ways in which this process can be improved, and I’ll discuss two of those here.

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