Producing diagrams, mathematical notation, or special language characters
This short guide shows how to use an electronic whiteboard to conduct remote tutorial sessions (one-to-one or one-to-many) for subjects that use diagrams, mathematical notation, or special language characters. This guide focuses mainly on using an iPad (with an electronic stylus), but also mentions Windows devices.
Important aspects to consider
- In your planning, think about student access to technology. If you are expecting student interaction, what will they need to have to be able to interact with you and the group, and to use a whiteboard. It would be a good idea to ensure in advance that these expectations are understood by the students. Perhaps you could engage them in a discussion beforehand, or ask them to respond to a poll regarding their available technology.
- You may have access to various technology tools (old and new), such as old laptops, PC/Mac, different types of tablets, or an electronic stylus. You also have different requirements, such as recording (or not), saving the whiteboard (or not), or using physical pen and paper. This guide attempts to accommodate common scenarios across the University and across disciplines. If you need guidance or advice for a bespoke situation, please email the Teaching Remotely Service Desk, giving details of your requirements.
Download the following Apps on your device (links to Help pages and other resources are provided at the bottom of this page)
- Microsoft Teams whiteboard application
- Microsoft whiteboard (iPad)
Miro is another whiteboarding app that has been approved for University use and may be used instead of the Teams whiteboard. Miro is more feature-rich, but it may be more difficult to get started and become proficient in using it. There is a free education version, as well as a general free version called ‘Miro lite’. (See our guide on using Miro.)
You can use the Microsoft Teams Whiteboard application on your tablet. Note that the Teams Whiteboard is not available from the iPad application. This is a workaround for use on an iPad.
- Install the Microsoft Whiteboard application (download it from the Microsoft store).
- Start that application on your iPad.
- Launch a Teams meeting. When in the Teams application, instead of using the ‘share Whiteboard option’ (not available on iPad), use ‘share screen’.
- Sharing the screen will let students see your whiteboard.
- If the whiteboard area starts by filling the screen, it should be possible to zoom out to provide more space.
- Once you have finished using the whiteboard, you can export it from the app to Teams, or save it as an image.
- You can invite students inside the whiteboard app to collaborate with you, and they will be able to write on the same whiteboard. However:
- You can have only one whiteboard per meeting.
- If you want to use another whiteboard, you will have to create a new meeting and invite students again.
- To invite your students, click next to your name icon (with your photo) on the top right. This provides the option to invite someone with their single signon username; alternatively, you can invite students by sending them the link for this whiteboard session (which you will find on the same page).