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Distance learning and virtual classroom

Delivering education to students that are not physically present at the university can be supported by different digital tools. Have you ever thought of hosting a virtual classroom session? A virtual classroom is an online space that’s designed for learning. You can use the virtual classroom to conduct online video lectures, distance office hours and virtual student groups. This is especially useful when you want to teach distance courses to students that are studying around existing jobs, courses and commitments. 

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM?

A virtual classroom is a real-time communication environment, in which participants can actively interact with one another as they are participating in learning activities online. The commonly used features of a virtual classroom are:

WHEN TO USE?

For blended or online courses, teachers can meet students regularly online for discussion, Q&A, demonstration, explanation on difficult topics, let students present or just keep socially connected.

WHAT TO USE?

At UT, we have different video conferencing tools available for teachers to use. A full overview can be found here:

Generally speaking, we would recommend you to either use BigBlueButton or BlueJeans (depending on the number of participants):

BIGBLUEBUTTON (CANVAS CONFERENCES)

We recommend BigBlueButton if you have no more than 100 participants. BigBlueButton is completely integrated with Canvas; no software is required. Hosting a virtual classroom session with BigBlueButton is easy: simply navigate to the page called Conferences in your Canvas course and start a conference. Students will get a notification from Canvas in their inbox with a link to join the session. More information on how to get started can be found in this Canvas guide.

BLUEJEANS

We recommend BlueJeans if you have more than 100 participants. You can request a virtual conference room with BlueJeans via the LISA Selfservice Portal. Once your room has been created, you can use it multiple times to host your virtual classroom sessions. For more information, check the Products & Manuals from LISA.

TIPS & TRICKS 

PREPARE YOUR STUDENTS AND YOURSELF – BEFORE THE SESSION

ENSURE ENGAGING AND PRODUCTIVE SESSION – DURING SESSION

CONNECT ONLINE AND OFFLINE ACTIVITIES  – AFTER SESSION

REFERENCES:

https://www.uncannyowl.com/delivering-training-virtual-classrooms/
https://knowledgeone.ca/tips-for-hosting-successful-live-online-sessions/
https://www.utwente.nl/en/telt/themes/Virtual-classes/

NEED HELP?

Contact TELT (telt@utwente.nl) for more information.