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Recommended platforms for Faculty of Dance distanced teaching

This articles outlines a series of suggestions for teaching staff within the Faculty of Dance to deliver online teaching.

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General information

This information is provided as advisory only. If you find platforms and solutions which work better for you and your individual teaching style, please feel free to continue using these. However, the below platforms are our current recommendations, which we will endeavour to fully support in order to provide as consistent a student experience as possible.

We would also recommend delivering teaching in a variety of ways if possible – a mix of asynchronous and synchronous content – as it is highly likely that some participants of classes may have technological issues, or timezone scheduling problems which mean they may not be able to partake in synchronous scheduled classes.

 

Asynchronous content

General guidance

We would suggest that you use Moodle as a central point for students to find out the resources you’re suggesting they look at, when and how synchronous classes will be arranged, and embedded or linked to multimedia can be accessed (preferably through eStream if possible).

 

Using Moodle

We’d suggest using organising your Moodle page in weekly sections, so content and information for that week’s teaching can consistently be found in the same place. This means that students should be able to easily find suggested resources, and details about scheduled synchronous teaching, seminars, and tutorials without having to constantly revisit their email inboxes.

Multimedia resources in Moodle

Videos and audio files can be embedded or linked to in Moodle pages from eStream (and other multimedia streaming services), for further information on this, please see the article entitled Using video or audio in Moodle pages, forums, and assessments”

Forums can used for students to submit their own multimedia content so that their classmates can also see them. For information on how to set this up, see the Adding to Moodle forums” section.

Moodle Assessments can also be set up to include or consist solely of multimedia content, which only the module’s teachers and assessors can access. For guidance on how to set this up for your course, please see How to set up Moodle to accept videos and audio files for assessment.

Getting help with Moodle

There is lots of online guidance for Staff available on Moodle.

For questions about using Moodle please contact Carol Howells, or if your enquiry is about multimedia content on Moodle, please contact Ian Peppiatt.

 

Using eStream

There is lots of guidance about using eStream available on this knowledgebase.

If you have any other questions, please email avsupport@trinitylaban.ac.uk

 

Synchronous content

General guidance

As students may encounter technological issues, or timezone scheduling conflicts, we would suggest that all synchronous delivery to whole classes are recorded, and then uploaded to eStream as soon as possible after a session for students to access.

 

Individual tutorials or small groups: Microsoft Teams

  •  Max participants: 100, however, only 4 will be visible at a time.
  • Screensharing: Yes.
  • Limited to Trinity Laban Staff and Students only: Yes.

Guidance on using Microsoft Teams can be found on this knowledgebase.

 

Small – Medium groups where you want to see one another: Zoom

  • Max participants: 100, however, a max of 49 will be visible at a time on each screen.
  • Screensharing: Yes.
  • Limited to Trinity Laban Staff and Students only: No, external participants can be included.

Guidance on using Zoom can be found on this knowledgebase.

Medium-Large groups: ClickMeeting Webinar

  • Max participants: 200, however, we can also enable live streaming through YouTube to enable live access to this content by larger numbers.
    • Only presenters will be visible (max of 2 per session)
      • Other temporary presenters can be added during the session – there is a medium difficulty to do this).  
  • Screensharing: Yes (of presenters only).
  • Limited to Trinity Laban Staff and Students only: No, external participants can be included.

This option can be great for virtually delivering traditional lectures, or lecture demonstrations. Participants can be involved by asking questions via the text box. This platform is very easy to use.

Guidance on using ClickMeeting Webinar can be found on this knowledgebase.

Updated on 31st July 2020

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