Winter photo by Mike Spikin, University of Huddersfield
There are many reasons why your face-to-face classes may not run as planned, such as snow and ice in winter, and having to self-isolate due to the current coronavirus situation. On this page, you will find information about the available tools and resources that can be used to counter potential disruptions if you and/or your students are unable to get to campus.
Guide for Temporarily Teaching Online
This guide is aimed not at the permanent movement from face-to-face to online education but as an interim solution for emergency remote teaching, focused on lecture-based classes with some considerations for more active learning environments.
Please make sure your online materials meet the accessibility requirements, further info on digital accessibility here.
Guidance on Alternative Assessments for The Covid-19 Situation: https://ipark.hud.ac.uk/content/covid-19-guidance-alternative-assessments
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous?
There are two options for tutors to facilitate class sessions remotely:
- Synchronous: tutors and students gather at the same time and interact in “real-time” with a very short or “near-real-time” exchange between tutors and students.
- Asynchronous: tutors prepare course materials for students in advance of students’ access. Students may access the course materials at a time of their choosing and will interact with each over a longer period of time.
Tutors may choose to engage their students synchronously or asynchronously depending on the course content or material that needs to be taught. There are many advantages and disadvantages to asynchronous and synchronous teaching options, which are outlined on this webpage.
Make good use of Brightspace which can be accessed from home as long as you have an internet connection or a smartphone/tablet device:
you can use the Announcement feature to alert students of any changes.
you can create your own multimedia resources or live stream content - see below.
you can make use of the collaboration spaces like discussion boards, wikis, blogs, etc. You may want to use discussion boards as a way to have ongoing conversations with students if the absence is prolonged. If you are considering introducing blogs and wikis to your course, please discuss this with your LTA first to consider the best tools for this.
also available in Brightspace is a chat room facility. You may not want to use this routinely, but it can be a useful communication channel for off-campus students; here is a link to using the chat tool in Brightspace.
there are many other ways to communicate with your students using Brightspace, as described on this page - the 5th section down is about the different communication tools you can use.
- Microsoft Teams is available for live teaching sessions and for asynchronous discussions and activities, which can be recorded.
- Teams also have been automatically created for each module on Brightspace which allows for discussions and collaborative tasks using the class notebook, Teams also display chats as threaded conversations, so you can easily track the flow of conversation without getting lost.
- You can complete work in real-time collaborating with your colleagues as you chat together and work on files through Teams. For more information check links to guides and screencasts here.
Pre-Record Your Lectures
- Keep videos short and lively. It is often harder to focus on a video than on a person. Ten-minute videos are more likely to be watched all the way through by your students than longer videos. The exception is if you're really comfortable on camera and really good at engaging people through video.
- Test your microphone. Make sure that you have good sound quality before recording the full session.
- Include tutor presence in the video. Your face can appear in the video in a small box in one of the corners of your video.
- Keep the screen active. Add in more transitions and animations than you normally use in your slides.
- Integrate interaction with the lecture material. Consider setting up a discussion board with some specific questions relating to the content; this can be pre or post-session, or both. Alternatively set up a chat session for a text-based live discussion. You should also include quiz questions throughout your lectures to engage learners and allow them to check for understanding as they watch.
PowerPoint has an inbuilt screencasting feature for you to add audio commentary to your PowerPoint slides. You could record the lecture you were planning to deliver, upload it to HudStream (Panopto) or UniTube and make it available to the students on Brightspace.
- This is a guide on how to add voiceover to PowerPoint slides
- This is a link to a screencast video showing how to add audio to PowerPoint
- This is a guide on how to upload recordings to Hudstream
- This is a guide on how to upload recordings to UniTube - coming soon
Microsoft Office 365
If you do not have PowerPoint (or other Microsoft Office applications) installed on your home computer, you need to go to Office.com and log in with your University email account, and then you can access the Office suite apps.
Make use of our video streaming and lecture capture software Hudstream (Panopto) to record a lecture or other resource from a desktop computer (on campus or at home), which is then available to students via Brightspace. You can also use this system to stream a live session to your students; they access it via a URL that you share, and the viewers can type questions, making the session interactive.
- This is a guide on how to install Hudstream software on your work pc - your School IT technicians may have to do this
- This is a guide on how to install Hudstream software on your Windows home computer
- This is a guide on how to install Hudstream software on your Mac computer
- This is a guide on how to Record with Hudstream desktop for Windows
- This is a guide on how to Record with Hudstream desktop for Mac
- This is a video guide on how to edit recordings in Hudstream
- This is a guide on how to live stream using Hudstream
- This is a guide on how to upload multiple existing video/presentation files into one session, presents multiple screens, the same as the lecture capture system
- This is a link to more information and guides on using Hudstream
Skip Recording the Video
- If you are not sure you have the right equipment or are uncomfortable with the tech setup, this might be a good option, at least for the short term.
- It’s very easy when teaching online to set the students nothing but passive tasks: read this text, watch this Youtube video. Some passive, assimilative activity is great; doing nothing but that is not great. So also set students more active tasks: analyse this text using this framework, solve this problem, construct an argument, etc.
- Annotate your slideshow with notes and share this with students.
- Set up a discussion for students in Brightspace. Use specific, structured questions, and let students know expectations for their responses.
- Share links to outside resources. Encourage students to watch videos, read articles, etc.
- Use Chat to have a live, text-based chat session with students.
Where you have these already in use or are confident you could introduce them, Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter can become useful communication channels, particularly for promoting the student: student interactions that are missing when they are off-campus. Social networks, text messaging services, and/or Brightspace tools can also be used to communicate messages to students if classes are canceled, postponed, or changed.
- Set up virtual office hours to meet with students using synchronous tools. Make sure students know how to find your “virtual office” (just as you might offer them directions to your office on-campus).
Before deciding which tool to use, this Online Meeting Survival Guide provides information on what works and what doesn't, when holding a meeting online.
Online meetings between staff can be held via Microsoft Teams which is now available for all staff and students to use. This software can be used for online meetings and small staff-to-student meetings and is easy and intuitive to use. Further details and links to guides and screencasts here.
We have developed a Moving Your Module Online (MYMO) module in Brightspace, that is full of resources to support staff with teaching online. Click here to see more.
- If you need any further help with learning technologies or deciding which tool to use for which purpose, please contact your School's Learning Technology Advisor, listed here.
If you have any feedback, suggestions for improvement or spot any errors on this page, please email further details to: email@example.com, thank you.