Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing Teaching Tips:

  • Acknowledge all of the sites at the beginning of your session, and outline the plan and expectations.
  • Find ways to actively engage students, and keep students at all sites involved early and often in discussion and group activity. A high level of interactivity is required to keep the audiences interested
  • If possible, use facilitators at remote locations who understand your session plan and can assist you in leading the session and engaging students. Encourage participants to identify themselves when asking questions. Before answering, repeat the question.
  • Plan a “dress rehearsal” with collaborators at other schools a few weeks before your session. If possible, use the rooms you will use for the live session.
  • Consider incorporating tools and strategies you might use in an in-person active learning session: polling, large or small group discussion, calling on students, application activities, etc.
  • Pause periodically to check for questions and readiness to proceed. Pay particular attention to students joining via video conference.
  • Even if you have local students in the room with you, pay more attention to the students at other sites.
  • Consider compiling a photo roster of students indicating their site. That way you can more easily address individuals.
  • Consider dividing lectures into 10-15 minute blocks and intersperse when possible with group discussion, video clips, question and answer session and demonstrations (live and virtual).

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