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.