"The transition to teaching and assessing students at distance practically over the course of 24 hours has certainly brought out many mixed emotions. There is the concern of how this format of distance teaching and assessment will be received by the students and that we have limited experience of distance learning. A part of me is up for the challenge of exploring creative ways to teach and assess our students.
There are so many different modes of teaching conducted (tutorials, lectures and workshops) and, therefore, trying to find the right combination of digital platforms for effective delivery is essential. This is coupled with staff having varying familiarity with these different platforms.
We are planning to use Microsoft Teams as a platform to conduct any live-streaming activities. Additionally, we can pre-record content using MediaStream and, lastly, we can use varying functions of our VLE StudentCentral. So, based on running a few different activities, here is my take on what I’ve tried, the good and bad bits as well as my thoughts on the best approach.
Starting with giving lectures: I decided to first give live streaming of a lecture using Microsoft Teams a go but found this quite a difficult experience. It’s vital that if you are to use live-streaming you set some ground rules such as making sure students switch off their microphones - unless they wish to ask any questions. Otherwise, this creates significant background noise and ruins the experience for all.