Hybrid teaching at Oxford Medical Sciences
An example of hybrid teaching
This seminar room features a number of specific equipment upgrades, including Nuerva ‘Mist’ combined speaker/microphones systems at the front and rear of the room and a wall-mounted ‘controllable’ camera:
|Middle: the video is controlled by a TA who is able to direct the camera at the presenter, or to a student
for example when asking a question.
|A portable secondary monitor is mounted at the side of the main presentation screen
this allows the lecturer to display the online participants to the room
|The room is set out as a ‘socially distanced’ teaching space
students are allocated a specific numbered desk for the entire course.
Sessions are therefore delivered from the lectern in the normal fashion (although behind a portable transparent plastic screen if required) and via a Zoom session.
The on-screen materials are displayed on the main screen in the room and shared on Zoom. The audio is picked up from the ceiling-based 2 speaker/mics – these are very effective at picking up voices from all parts of the room.
The video is controlled by a TA who is able to direct the camera at the presenter, or to a student – for example when asking a question.
- A teaching assistant in the room is essential and ideally someone with subject knowledge
- Zoom is more effective as it permits a ‘split’ screen approach
- Interactive sessions are possible – e.g. group discussions, but tend to be less effective as all participants need to take part in Zoom session – this then requires laptops/headphones etc.
- Some sessions have seen in-person students login to Zoom anyway, in order to see the presentation more clearly
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