Delivering a Live Online Class

What sometimes gets confused with screencasting is the ability to remotely deliver a live class. This is similar to making a video call through the likes of Skype or Whatsapp, delivering a webinar or running a video conference. In other ways, however, a typical live e-learning class can look a lot like a conventional face-to-face class insofar as it involves a teacher or lecturer presenting on a particular topic while they share some kind of learning content or materials with the class, often in the form of slides. Live e-learning systems also allow teachers or lecturers to hold live class discussions and organise other learner activities. Significantly, all live classes can be recorded for later viewing and revision (one of the reasons perhaps live e-learning software gets confused with screencasting software).



For live class delivery the Department of Technology Enhanced Learning is recommending the use of a product called Conferences or BigBlueButton. BigBlueButton is integrated into Canvas meaning you access it by first going into the relevant module area in Canvas and launching the meeting from there. The system allows you to share your video, audio, slides, chat or desktop with students. Session recordings are automatically made available through Canvas also. BigBlueButton can be found under Conferences on your main Module menu. 

Before you begin using Conferences

Check on minimum requirements for conferences

Step 1: Scheduling a Conference

Step 2: Start conference and setup mic

Step 3: Share your screen or upload a presentation

Step 4: Make sure you can communicate with Students

Step 5: Record the session

Step 6: Conclude the meeting and access recording

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