How to conduct a live online lecture successfully - TIPS & TRICKS 

PREPARE YOUR STUDENTS AND YOURSELF – BEFORE THE SESSION

  • Have technical support ready by contacting the e-learning specialist of your faculty or TELT.
  • Conduct a testing session in your practise course.
  • Conduct a testing session with all the students to avoid technical glitches.
  • Test your slides first by uploading them in your practice course to prevent surprises. 
  • Schedule the session ahead of time and send reminders with a link to the session.
  • If you are using Canvas Conference for your lessons, make sure to set your notifications within Canvas, to prevent an email overload).
  • Assign a moderator (e.g. e-learning specialist or colleague) to provide technical support, monitor chat, and answer questions.
  • Clearly communicate your expectations to the students regarding their participation in the session.
  • Ask students to submit questions prior to the session.
  • Set a good title for your online lecture, to avoid wrong expectations of the students.
  • Think “active learning”, plan several interactive activities throughout the session.
  • Plan to enter the live session 15 minutes before it begins to test software, microphones and web camera.
  • Think of a “plan B” (if all else fails).

ENSURE ENGAGING AND PRODUCTIVE SESSION – DURING SESSION

  • Record the session when it begins.
  • Talk slower than you normally would do during a lecture.
  • Start the session with video, then switch to audio-only. This allows the students to focus on the content and reduce bandwidth usage. 
  • If this session is the first with this group of students, plan some ice-breaking activities (e.g. indicate on a map where students are located).
  • Ask students to mute their microphones while they are not talking.
  • Use polls and quizzes to engage students and receive instant responses from the entire group.
  • Plan several moments to gather feedback. For example: Can everyone hear me? Is the explanation clear? Are you still following me? Emoticons are often used to quickly gather answers from the entire group.

CONNECT ONLINE AND OFFLINE ACTIVITIES  – AFTER SESSION

  • Summarize the session with an email including the link to the recording.
  • Add additional resources related to the discussed topics.
  • Encourage students to ask follow-up questions.