How Did My First Online Ikebana Class Go


My first online Ikebana class was held last Saturday morning with 12 people connected.  Many thanks to those of you who volunteered to be my Guinea pigs.

Despite some glitches here and there, the class was successfully held, and I got a go sign from the students.  My Ikebana class go online starting June.

Here is a recap of what worked and what didn’t work at this first attempt.  If you consider taking my Ikebana class online, I hope you will find the information useful.

I chose Microsoft Teams as the online meeting platform, just because I got used to it when preparing for Ikebana X Technology event.  The students seemed to have no problem accessing it.

Some students downloaded Teams app and others accessed through a web browser.  Some used a computer and others used a tablet.  Students who accessed via web browser had limited functionality.  They said they will use a computer and download an app next time.

After everyone made an arrangement, first I tried to take a screenshot on my computer.  The resolution, however, was not high enough.  So I asked students to send photos of their work themselves and send them to me via email or chat.  Sharing each photo on my screen, we went through our appreciation/ experiment time together.  Students suggested we should look at not only one taken from the front but another taken from the side angle.  No matter how high the resolution, the flat screen can’t quite capture the depth of the real work.  A photo from the side angle is a necessary supplement.

This format seems to work for students who have taken my class before and already have Sogetsu textbook, but not for brand new students.  For now my online class will be offered only to my existing students.

As soon as I finalize the class schedule for June, I will notify you on  Please stay tuned!


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