The use of breakout groups
In this case I had WebEx automatically assign people into 4 groups, see below for the group assignments. Before delivering a mini lecture I gave the groups their assignments.
After the mini lecture the groups were given a little time to formulate their answers and finish their discussions and then reported out. The participants liked the ability to talk together in groups. They felt that they dug deeper into the content that way.
I have a little more to learn about how to manage the groups and other little nuances that they don't really explain in the documentation. You need to "experience" it. :)
Team 1 = Questioners.
Ask at least 2 questions about the material covered.
Team 2 = Agreers.
Tell which points you agree with or found helpful and explain why.
Team 3 = Nay-sayers.
Comment on which point you disagree with or found unhelpful and explain why.
Team 4 = Example givers.
Give specific examples or applications of the material
This activity is from Silberman, M (1996). Active learning: 101 strategies to teach any subject. Boston, MA; Allyn and Bacon, p.72.