Teaching Strategies and Techniques

  • Consider how you will adapt your teaching strategies to interactive video
    • At many sites, students have Internet connected computers. This allows the instructors to use online course management systems like Blackboard while teaching CIV courses.
  • Pre-class strategies
    • Give students experience with the equipment
    • Encourage interaction between sites
    • Use warm-up activities
  • Beginning of class strategies
    • Informal roll-call
    • Ask questions/solicit answers from all sites
  • The Lesson
    • Preview/state objectives
    • Keep instructional segments short (chunking)
    • Provide various learning activities, just as you would in the regular classrooms
    • Plan with interaction in mind. Be aware that when you are teaching a CIV class broadcast to multiple campuses, you can see only one campus at a time. Therefore, plan various activities that will encourage and allow all sites to have a chance to participate.
  • End of class strategies
    • Remember to incorporate CIV elements into your evaluation and revision process.
  • Other issues
    • Visit remote sites two or three times, if possible (for personal contact with other sites)
    • Manage schedule conflicts with other sites
    • Develop a policy for weather cancellations
    • Have a plan for what to do if equipment fails

Support Issues

  • Administrative
    • Work with facilitators at other sites. Solicit their observations.
    • Plan for transfer of physical materials
    • Keep a list of addresses for mailing/e-mailing materials
    • Understand the role of support technologies – FAX, e-mail, Internet, class homepages (BLS)
  • Instructional
    • Be available to students by providing phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
    • Provide office hours to all students (online, phone, and in-person)
    • Provide students a list of support resources, such as tutoring, examples, multimedia, and other materials. When possible, make the same resources available at all sites.
    • Utilize support technologies (tutoring software, Skype, publisher Web sites)
  • Technical
    • Understand troubleshooting procedures (who to call on-campus and off, common problems)
    • Keep a list of key technical contact phone numbers
    • Have a backup plan for when the technology fails

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