How do I teach remotely?

This article explores a number of different suggestions for Trinity Laban teaching staff to deliver effective remote teaching.

This content relates to both Faculties This content relates to both Faculties

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Before you start

There are lots of good resources available on the Guidance for Online Learning Moodle page. If you are currently not enrolled on this, please email Dario van Gammeren and/or Carol Howells. Lots of content here is from those pages, but this article aims to offer more guided help with the technological challenges of these forms of teaching. Please note that more specific guidance for some of the options will be created, so please check back to this page regularly.

What type of learning do you want to offer?

The situation we currently find ourselves in is challenging for all, so we want to ensure that whatever we do put in place works as effectively for all students as possible. For this reason, we’d suggest aiming to primarily use as much asynchronous content as is reasonable for course content using existing tools (Moodle pages and files, eStream recordings (including new recordings), ebooks and other online resources from the libraries). Together with this, you may want to introduce live one to one (or small group) sessions, or live delivered sessions to multiple participants.

Asynchronous content delivery

Asynchronous delivery means that students can go through the content at their own pace. As students are currently accessing content from all around the world, this means that they can participate in learning at times that suit them. It also lessens the impact of  technology and internet speeds, as a number of resources can be streamed or downloaded for offline access.

Moodle – Trinity Laban’s virtual learning environment.

eStream – Trinity Laban’s media streaming service, which accepts uploading of new content, and can be used to accept multimedia assessments through Moodle.

Other online resources – The libraries in both faculties have access to a wide range of online resources as well as being able to potentially source or recommend others. For further information, see the Jerwood Library information pages or the Laban Library information pages on Moodle.

 

Synchronous content delivery

Synchronous delivery means that students are receiving content at the same time, in a similar way to standard in-building lesson delivery. The tools listed below tend to require a certain amount of set up, or technological minimums.

Standard requirements

For video or audio delivery over the internet, you will need a connected microphone (audio only) or a webcam (which tend to have integrated microphones). Many recently released laptops have these, as do most smart phones, however, older devices may not and will require external webcams to be used.

Internet speed is an important factor when delivering live content. It is normally recommended that wired LAN connection is used rather than WiFi (so you may want to position your device near your router). You can check your internet speed at https://www.speedtest.net/ and for effective live video delivery, you have a minimum of 1.5Mbps in BOTH upload and Download speed. Internet connection speeds lower than this may result in less than optimum experiences.

The Faculty of Dance will support the use Microsoft Teams and Zoom for video conferencing, and the ClickMeeting platform for webinars..

Below are a list of recommended tools which you may find useful for the delivery of synchronous content.

When using any of these tools, please consider the following:

  • Privacy & third party data policy of the platform;
  • Recording the session and uploading to eStream for students who were unable to attend;

Video Conferencing options

Video Conferencing allows individuals within the meeting to see and hear (if participants have & enable webcams & microphones) one another. We’d suggest using Teams for 1 to 1 (or very small groups) tutorials, and Zoom for larger seminars.

Microsoft Teams

Teams is set up so all students and staff members should be able to access it by logging in to https://teams.microsoft.com with their personal Trinity Laban email address and password. As such, the privacy policy is inline with EU legislation, and all data is kept within the EU.

You can set up groups of students, which are called Teams, and manually add students to each Team. They will receive an email notifying them of their inclusion in the team. There are apps that will work on phones, tablets and desktops.

Within each team, you can schedule and host meetings (text chat, video or audio) of up to 100 participants at a time, although we’d recommend keeping participant numbers under 20 to effectively use video chat. Limitations of this platform include only being able to see up to 9 people at a time (in a 3 x 3 grid). That said, it is straightforward to record group sessions, which can then later be uploaded to eStream for revisiting by students who were unable to attend.

When using the desktop app, you can share your screen, and use the platform to deliver Powerpoint presentations.

The chat functionality of Teams is very good and easy to use for 1 to 1 meetings (text, video or audio).

Our recommendation for use: 1 to 1 video chats, small group (less than 5) seminars, text only group.

Useful guides to Teams are available on the Microsoft Teams website.

 

Zoom

We know that many staff find Zoom a very straightforward platform for group discussion, and they have lifted the 40 minute restriction on meeting durations for us during this period for tutors who have signed up with a Trinity Laban email address.

There are some recommended steps which we would strongly encourage tutors using Zoom to follow, details of these can be found on the Setting Zoom up for seminars and lectures article page.

The desktop app on Mac OS and Windows allows the sharing of your screen, which can be used in collaboration with powerpoint (or another presentation app) to lead online lectures or guided seminars.

You may consider using Zoom for: groups video meetings (up to around 70 or 80).

 

Webinar platforms

Some distance teaching may be best delivered in a way similar to a traditional lecture. Questions and feedback can be received live through text chat boxes. If you’d like to use this method of delivery, we’d recommend ClickMeeting.

ClickMeeting

The Faculty of Dance has set up virtual rooms on the ClickMeeting platform. Please see the additional information on ClickMeeting virtual spaces (coming soon).

 

Other options

Skype / Skype Now

Skype is also owned and operated by Microsoft, so has a robust privacy policy.

Skype Now is a new offering which enables the very easy creation of video meetings with no downloads or accounts required. If you are concerned about Zoom’s privacy, we’d recommend this, although there are fewer options for setting up or scheduling meetings and recordings seem to be in gallery view only.

Our recommendation for use of Skype Now: larger groups video meetings (more than 6-8 people, but less than 100), group seminars, online lecture delivery (up to around 70 or 80 people).

Cisco Webex

Webex is another robust option that have temporarily lifted the limitations on the free account. You may find this an excellent alternative to Zoom if you have concerns about using that platform.

 

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a very versatile online learning environment with robust privacy and compliance, but a steep learning curve. For more information, see the post on Moodle about it.

Considerations when using third party content

Use of music and other third party content is normally fine for teaching purposes (under the educational exceptions of S.32 of the CDPA), however, teachers should ensure include sufficient acknowledgement (this can be in the recording, or as credits, or in the accompanying text description). Therefore, use of music in recordings on eStream is normally fine for teaching as all content is hosted on Trinity Laban’s servers.
However, if you’re planning on using music in live (synchronous) teaching, third party providers may use copyright protection tools to identify third party audio or video in streams and flag, terminate, or limit the stream. For more information on YouTube’s policy about this, see https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/3367684?hl=en-GB.
Zoom’s terms and conditions state:
11. COPYRIGHT.You may not post, modify, distribute, or reproduce in any way copyrighted material, trademarks, rights of publicity or other proprietary rights without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. Zoom may deny access to the Services to any User who is alleged to infringe another party’s copyright. Without limiting the foregoing, if You believe that Your copyright has been infringed, please notify Zoom as specified here. (https://zoom.us/terms)
Skype’s terms of use:
5.7 (i) copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless you are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner (https://www.skype.com/en/legal/ios/tos/)
Therefore, if you are using synchronous content which involves the use of copyrighted music, I’d be aware of the possibility of stream termination, although I’m led to believe it’s fairly low risk of occurring within Zoom, Skype or Teams. Therefore, it should be ok, but there is a risk of an overly officious automated bot identifying content and removing the streamIf using asynchronous content for teaching on eStream, there should be no problems at all. 
As always, please ask library staff or AV Support if you have specific copyright questions.

Getting help

Digital Learning Manager: Dario van Gammeren (email)

AV Support: Ian Peppiatt (email, Teams / email: avsupport@trinitylaban.ac.uk)

E-Learning Technologist: Carol Howells (email)

 

 

Updated on 29th May 2020

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