A number of students experience that teachers have not thought their planning through “to the other side” — even those who are meticulous in their planning.
For example, they experience that the teacher's PowerPoint presentation instructs to make 8 groups of 4 people. But often there are not enough people present, sometimes not even enough to create a single group. And rarely, if ever, do they experience groups that cut across campusses although this could help students relate to each other — not necessarily on a personal level, but as co-students and fellow peers.
This may seem a minor issue, but if such issues are met repeatedly by the students, they report that it affects their motivation a great deal. The good news is that it is relatively easy to resolve, once you - as teacher - become aware of it and begin to plan ahead across locations.
Make it easy
For example, try using a Google Sheet or Google Document to make groups. Add the number of groups in a table, share it with an open link (remember to ensure the link type is set to CAN EDIT) and let the students enter their names and perhaps an email or skype account, so they can reach each other during group work. Then you do not have to think about how they get in touch. Or if you want to be able to “visit” them in the groups, to see how the exercise is going, prebook a number of Skype for Business sessions that they can enter, and which you can visit on your “group rounds”.
Another example is display objects. If props are brought into the classroom, what considerations do you make when displaying them to your students? Check out the guidelines on using mobile phones and document cameras for presentations.