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Teaching via Video Conference:
Hints and Tips

    • Audio is the most important factor when teaching via videoconferencing. Speak clearly and slowly.
    • Once connectivity is established it is important to remember that the microphone and camera are always on. Be careful of what you say and any gestures hat you make.
    • The less movement by the presenter, the better the image will look at the remote site.
    • Choose your clothing carefully. Stay away from white, striped, or checkered clothing. Choose solid colored tops.
    • A coordinator at each remote site is a necessity.
    • When you distribute materials to your on-site class make sure these same materials are given to the students at the remote site. When using overheads, slides, etc. try to create print handouts for each student to view as you go through your presentation.
    • Slides and overheads must be easy to read. Use a sans serif font, at least an 18 – 24 pt. font size, and limit the amount of information that you include on each slide or page.
    • In most cases the remote sites will act very passive, especially in the beginning. Assure remote site participants that you can see and hear them, and are responsive to their questions and learning needs. Let students know if it is appropriate to interrupt you if they have questions, or if they need to wait to the end of the class.
    • When asking the class if anyone has any questions, it is a good idea to ask the remote site if they have any questions. For example, "Does anyone in Valhalla or in Danbury have any questions?"
    • Arrive early to the class. Before the class starts, talk with the students at the remote site via the videoconference.
    • Inform the on-site technician regarding the educational media materials you will be incorporating into your lecture.
    • Interactivity is a key concern in conducting successful teaching via videoconferencing.
    • Learn how to use the technology.
    • Realize that switching between educational media sources will take a split second, and you will also need to give your technician time to change sources for you.
    • Vary the media used in your lectures.
    • Work with the coordinator to have activities planned if the technology fails.
    • Make videotapes of your teaching sessions and have these tapes available to students at the remote locations.
    • Ask for students to complete evaluations concerning the course delivery method.

 

 

Updated 11/28/06 M. Cotter
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