Liberating Structures for Zoom Class Meetings

Monday, November 30, 2020:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The registration period has closed for this event.


Are you looking for ways to mix-up your class meetings in Zoom? Do you sense students are feeling disconnected even when they’re connected through Zoom? Both faculty and students have had to acclimate themselves to teaching and learning through class meetings held in Zoom, but right now many of us may be feeling “zoomed out” and dreading having even more Zoom meetings once all courses shift to remote instruction after Thanksgiving.

In this session, we will explore new ways to re-energize synchronous class sessions in Zoom. This workshop will model Liberating Structures, a set of formats for facilitating group work and discussions. Liberating Structures are designed to decenter meetings from the “host” who has the Zoom controls by redistributing spaces and places for participation inside of a Zoom meeting. Liberating Structures can foster inclusion by empowering students to express their views and also build connections between meeting participants in energizing and equitable ways.

Workshop participants will experience a few different Liberating Structures and reflect together on how they can be adapted for various instructional uses (e.g. for formative assessment, peer-review, generating ideas, building community). By experiencing the use of Liberating Structures in Zoom, faculty may begin to reimagine Zoom as a space that can foster connection, engagement and reflection during these turbulent times.

This session will take place as a Zoom meeting. Participants will receive the link to join the meeting via their confirmation email.



Session Outcomes
  • Brainstorm new ways to facilitate class discussions and group work during synchronous class sessions in Zoom

  • Think of new ways to use Zoom features (breakout rooms, chat, annotation of shared screens)


  • Introduction to Liberating Structures

  • Reflections on potential uses and outcomes of Liberating Structures for class discussions

Workshop Length

1 hour (plus additional 30 minutes for Q&A if needed)


Christine Moskell
Instructional Designer

Additional Resources
  • Documentation for the technical set-up in Zoom and preparation of these Liberating Structures will be provided in a handout.

Registration open through 11/29/2020 5:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Target Audience



Zoom Session (online)


Zoom connection link will be included in the email confirmation.


Different “Liberating Structures” will be used to facilitate conversation between participants.


4 participants (plus the facilitator) are needed to demonstrate the Liberating Structures in this session. This workshop will be canceled if there are not enough participants