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Top Tips for Teaching Remotely

Remember to

  • Prepare – check all the equipment works IN ADVANCE.  Good WIFI is essential.   Make sure all your documents are open on your computer.  Don’t waste time opening tonnes of folders.  Learners will switch off!   Consider sending some pre-session material: a pdf handout, a youtube video etc.  
  • Select an uncluttered room to engage in the session.  DON’T use your bedroom!  Use something professional.   Make sure there are not too many personal effects otherwise others will be interested in your room rather than your teaching session.  
  • Have an opening session.  Where you provide time to let latecomers join.  Not everyone is a time focused.   Allow people to chat and talk.  In fact, get a chat going to settle them all in – open the chat box.   Have a chitter chatter.   Don’t just keep them all in a waiting room until everyone is there.  Let people in like you would do in a physical room.  Greet and make them feel welcomed.  Show genuine desire to be there.
  • Set your Aims and Objectives (or Intended Learning Outcomes) – have a slide or document summarising these.  Come back to these often to help your learners see where the session is at.
  • Don’t use new fancy tools for the sake of it.  Simple is often best.   You can make things interactive with simple things.     Use tools ONLY if they have a purpose.
  • Have regular breaks.   Breaks are important to get people to recharge and refresh.   Stay hydrated throughout the session – it is surprising how much you can forget.   Pace yourself through the session.   Remember to engage break out activities which gives the facilitator a bit of a break.  You don’t want to feel exhausted after your session.
  •  Look after the Online Learning Environment.   Look after everyone’s feelings – note the quiet ones.   Engage them with paternal kindness.   Temper heated discussions.   Create a safe place.  Make it fun.
  • Make an ending section.  Don’t just abruptly say “hope that was useful, bye…”
  • Close on Time.   Control open ended ruminating meaningless discussions.   Finish on time (or earlier).  Don’t use more time to teach than you need.  If you have 3 hours but your session really only needs 2, then use 2!

This is a great little video summarising it all:

https://eu-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/7bd21ba7016440648873df0ae7fb89c7

 
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Top tips for teaching remotely: Effective questioning techniques
Top tips for teaching remotely: Effective questioning techniques
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10 Tips for Distance Learning or Remote Teaching
10 Tips for Distance Learning or Remote Teaching
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how to teach remotely - tips for how to teach from home
how to teach remotely - tips for how to teach from home
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Distance Learning: Remote Teaching Strategies
Distance Learning: Remote Teaching Strategies
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How I'm Teaching Remotely
How I'm Teaching Remotely
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Teacher Shares Top 5 Tips To Teaching Remotely During Covid-19.
Teacher Shares Top 5 Tips To Teaching Remotely During Covid-19.
06:01

BlackBoard Collaborate

An intro to Blackboard Collaborate

https://eu-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/364e22c8cfc34746b31e4fdc407c4cc8

A short film about how to run a teaching session on Blackboard Collaborate:

https://eu-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/4a87b97ad1564642af88e8676809169c

A link to the Blackboard help page for more detailed advice about the functions in the Blackboard room e.g. breakout rooms:

https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Moderate_Sessions

Basic Zoom

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How to Join Zoom Video Conference (Windows, Mac)
How to Join Zoom Video Conference (Windows, Mac)
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How to Join Zoom Video Conference Using Your Phone
How to Join Zoom Video Conference Using Your Phone
03:21
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How to Host / Schedule Zoom Video Conference Using Your Phone
How to Host / Schedule Zoom Video Conference Using Your Phone
05:01
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How to Host / Schedule Zoom Video Conference (Windows, Mac)
How to Host / Schedule Zoom Video Conference (Windows, Mac)
06:41
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Zoom Advanced Features Tutorial
Zoom Advanced Features Tutorial
07:02
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How Find / Manage Your Zoom Recordings
How Find / Manage Your Zoom Recordings
01:53
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How To Play YouTube or Any Video During Zoom Meeting
How To Play YouTube or Any Video During Zoom Meeting
03:05
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How to Schedule Zoom Meetings Through Outlook Calendar
How to Schedule Zoom Meetings Through Outlook Calendar
04:44
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How to Use Waiting Room in Zoom. All You Need to Know.
How to Use Waiting Room in Zoom. All You Need to Know.
03:56
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Zoom Safety Settings
Zoom Safety Settings
12:36
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How to Take Class Attendance In Zoom
How to Take Class Attendance In Zoom
03:36
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How to Share iPhone or iPad Screen During Zoom Meeting
How to Share iPhone or iPad Screen During Zoom Meeting
04:51
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Top 5 Apps to Make Virtual Lesson Interactive (Part 1)
Top 5 Apps to Make Virtual Lesson Interactive (Part 1)
11:49
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Don't Make These Zoom Mistakes
Don't Make These Zoom Mistakes
11:31

Top Tips for using Zoom

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Zoom-Make the lessons more student-centered-Practical Ideas #zoom #teachonline
Zoom-Make the lessons more student-centered-Practical Ideas #zoom #teachonline
21:50
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How to Use Zoom: Teach Interactive Lessons and Improve Your Audio and Video Quality (2020)
How to Use Zoom: Teach Interactive Lessons and Improve Your Audio and Video Quality (2020)
12:53
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Zoom Complete training in Screen Sharing #teachonline #zoomscreenshare
Zoom Complete training in Screen Sharing #teachonline #zoomscreenshare
14:11
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10 Golden Rules when teaching with Zoom #TeachOnline #Zoom
10 Golden Rules when teaching with Zoom #TeachOnline #Zoom
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How to teach online with Zoom: Complete Introduction #teachonline #zoom
How to teach online with Zoom: Complete Introduction #teachonline #zoom
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10 Tips for teaching online and using zoom
10 Tips for teaching online and using zoom
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Zoom.us Screenshare using Pause Resume
Zoom.us Screenshare using Pause Resume
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7 Zoom Screen Share Tips Every User Should Know!
7 Zoom Screen Share Tips Every User Should Know!
14:29
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Zoom Meeting: How To Use (with example of a Breakout Group)
Zoom Meeting: How To Use (with example of a Breakout Group)
33:11
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ZOOM for Teachers Tutorial
ZOOM for Teachers Tutorial
38:58
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Advanced Zoom- How Screen share works when teaching online  #teachonline #teachwithzoom
Advanced Zoom- How Screen share works when teaching online #teachonline #teachwithzoom
11:02

Other Tech Tools for teaching

My favourite tools are

  • Mentimeter  – polls, quizzes, word clouds
  • Padlet – beautiful boards 
  • Kahoot – online tool that gamifies quizzes 
  • Nearpod – a hub for all the learning materials that teachers may want to include in a teaching session for learners to access.
  • Random Name Picker – when no learners volunteer to do or say something, this fun little number might help.  Beware, you don’t want learners to feel apprehensive or anxious as it can inhibit learning.  So, use it for opinions and things rather than recall of factual knowledge.
  • HeyHi’s online whiteboard – a great whiteboard accessible on android and apple devices.  Get learners to add to the board.  Collaborate.
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Tech Tools for Interactive Remote Teaching Webinar
Tech Tools for Interactive Remote Teaching Webinar
31:21
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Google Forms  Advanced Features Guide #teachline #googleforms #onlineteaching
Google Forms Advanced Features Guide #teachline #googleforms #onlineteaching
21:33
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10 FUN Activites for Distance Learning
10 FUN Activites for Distance Learning
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