An effective and reasonably easy to manage combination for the delivery of online teaching includes a DMU Replay recording of short presentation (20 – 30 minutes), with an associated Discussion Forum in which you can create points of discussion that the students can discuss between themselves, and an online test for students to check their understanding of the content. There is a live example of this in the Example Module Shell which can be found in the My Communities Panel on Blackboard.
Under the Remote Teaching Tab
The two screen shots below show how this content can be organised in Blackboard.
- Three Content Folders have been created.
2. Each content folder contains learning resources to support the lecture content and engage the students in active reflection on the content. This includes;
a) DMU Replay recording of lecture.
b) Discussion Forum. This can be used to engage students in a discussion about the content of the lecture. As an instructor you can also engage in this discussion. For example, you could tell students that you will be looking at discussion forum from 10am-11am, on a certain day during which time you will be responding to any of the discussions that have been taking place. This could involve posting follow-up discussion topics for students.
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c) Formative online test to check knowledge. You can setup a short formative online test which uses automatically marked questions (e.g. Multiple Choice, True or False, etc.) that helps students to check their understanding of the lecture topic. If students identify gaps in their understanding they can re-visit the lecture and the discussion forum.
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d) If there is the requirement to deliver a ‘live’ teaching session/seminar in real-time where students are able to verbally interact with the tutor and their peers. The learning materials can include a link to an online interactive session using Blackboard Collaborate. Only use this option if it is wholly necessary, as the system may not work for all students depending on the type of computer/device they are using to access the session. It is recommended to only use for small groups (25 max). However, large groups 100+ can be accommodated.
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