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Hybrid teaching (campus and online at the same time)

Due to Corona, some parts of the University's courses and programs are held as hybrid teaching. This means lectures and seminars where students can participate in the discussion either online or on campus, synchronously.
    For a teacher, it is a challenging task to have students online and in the room at the same time.

Sound is one of the most important things to think about when teaching hybrid. If hybrid teaching is to be meaningful, everything that is said on campus must also be audible to the online participants. During lectures this usually works well, but if you are having discussions or if there are questions and answers in the room, the students in the room need to have microphones connected to the video meeting. Either individual microphones or conference microphones. Campus Service at each faculty has a good knowledge of AV-technical solutions – get help from them if needed! Contact: support@gu.se or call the support at 031-786 2020. 

Some general tips and advice

  • Create a Zoom meeting to which the online participants can connect.
  • As a teacher, you should try to remain visible to the online students at all times. Therefore, you need to think about where you should place the camera in the room. Try to cover a large part of the room, so that you, as a teacher, can move more freely.
  • If the online students cannot see you at all times, try to talk to them and inform them about what you are doing.
  • It is a good thing if the students at campus and the students online can see each other, at least during discussions.
  • Make sure that you, as a teacher, are clearly visible via the camera, so that you are not in backlight, for example.
  • Open the Zoom room well in advance, and encourage online participants to test their cameras and sound before the lecture starts.
  • If you have a presentation (Powerpoint), share it via the function Share screen in Zoom.
  • In hybrid teaching, it is often easier for campus participants to participate in the teaching activities than it is for online participants. Therefore, as a teacher, you should in advance carefully consider how to involve online students and how to encourage them to take active part in ongoing activities.
  • Mentimeter can support get-to-know-each-other activities; it is also useful in order to get student feedback during the lecture. Read more about Mentimeter
  • If you are going to have lectures and seminars that include teamwork, try to mix the groups so that the campus and the online participants get to know each other. This presupposes that you or the students can create breakout rooms in Zoom and that the groups on campus can discuss without disturbing each other.
  • Start the lecture/seminar by testing the technical equipment. Let the online participants test their own sound and camera. Check the camera angle in the lecture hall and try to make the online and campus participants see each other, at least initially. During the lecture, only the lecturer should be in the picture.
  • Initiate a dialogue with the online students and make an agreement on how to use the camera. Do you expect them to have the camera on during the lecture and/or during discussions? Ask students to log in to Zoom and to post a still image of themselves. The still image will be visible when their camera is off.
  • Clarify how online students should act when they want to ask questions. Are they supposed to write in the chat? Raise their hand in Zoom or simply start to talk in order to get attention?
  • If you, as a host, are holding your lecture in Zoom, you can choose the setting (follow the three dots) Spotlight for your camera image. This setting will put your own camera image in focus at all times.
  • Appoint a moderator (colleague or student) who can focus on the online participants, facilitate their participation and help them ask questions. The moderator can make the teacher aware of a raised hand or a question asked in the chat.
  • Remember to provide microphones for the students who are on campus, so that the online students can hear questions and comments from students in the room.
  • If microphones are not used, you need to repeat questions asked by students in the room so that the online participants are able to keep up with the discussion.
  • Consider recording your presentation during the Zoom meeting. A recording of the lecture can often be helpful for students. If you choose to record, remember to inform the students that the lecture is being recorded. If possible, you may occasionally "pause" the recording in order to avoid having students in the picture when they are asking questions etcetera. Online participants can choose to turn off their camera image in Zoom if they don’t want to be recorded.

Different classrooms have different technical equipment

  • Classrooms have different technical equipment for sound and image. If there is voice amplification in the classroom (microphones and speakers), it is sometimes possible to connect these to Zoom, at least the speakers, but not always. Sometimes you as a teacher have to handle dual systems, one microphone for the classroom and one for Zoom.
  • If there is a pre-installed camera in the room, it can sometimes be connected to Zoom (in the newly installed rooms at Humanisten, for example). If not, you can use the camera in your laptop or connect an external webcam to your computer.
  • In a "regular" classroom, there is usually a pre-installed projector and a speaker system that can be connected to your laptop. Thus, what is said by the online participants can also be heard in the classroom. You start Zoom on your own computer and project the Zoom room with the classroom’s projector.
  • In order for campus participants to be audible to online participants, microphones must be used. The best conditions for making discussions work is to use mobile audio equipment in the room. More information (in Swedish) about the mobile equipment. Campus Service at each faculty has a good knowledge of AV-technical solutions – get help from them if needed! Contact: support@gu.se or call the support at 031-786 2020.
  • The University's video halls are equipped with technology for video meetings; it is also possible to use Zoom in a video hall. Read more about the video halls. Campus Service at each faculty has a good knowledge of AV-technical solutions – get help from them if needed! Contact: support@gu.se or call the support at 031-786 2020.
  • The university's ALC classrooms are built for interactivity on campus and are less suitable for online teaching and learning. The rooms are designed in different ways. If you need to have hybrid teaching in an ALC classroom, one possibility is to connect a table microphone/speaker to the Zoom computer so that participants on campus and online can hear each other.
  • AV technicians on each campus area can provide support and more information about local conditions. Contact: support@gu.se or 031-786 2020.
Page Manager: Olof Siverbo|Last update: 9/25/2020

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Utskriftsdatum: 2023-12-07