wrote when I started the online course that I already used five of the seven ice breakers. But then I didn’t remember what the other two were.
Here, from University of Hawaii, are two tips.
Select a key word from the course title and have students do an “association exercise” by reporting what first comes to mind, record answers on the chalkboard and use these to give an overview of the course.
Ask students to suggest what problems or ideas they would like to see included in the course, or have them tell what they have heard about the course. Post these on the chalkboard and refer to the list when the syllabus is reviewed. Students can clarify or correct perceptions they have held.