This guidance explains (for you and your students) how to set audio settings in Zoom to be most effective for remote music sessions.
If your budget allows, consider purchasing good quality audio and video equipment. The Oxford Educational Media team offers this list of recommended equipment, including cameras, microphones and lights.
Canvas allows you to create structured content, activities and resources for students to access as well as a means of contacting students and receiving work. Forums allow threaded asynchronous discussions on a topic, and Assignments can be set up for students to submit work. Speedgrader allows you to provide feedback to students in several ways – typed feedback, annotations, audio or video. Students can also submit video assignments using the special assignments folder in Panopto: see our guidance on student generated videos.
Microsoft Teams (often referred to simply as Teams) provides live conferencing with audio, video and screen sharing. The chat functionality is good for informal discussions (which are retained for referring to later). Teams can be used in isolation if the additional structure and functionality afforded by Canvas are not required. You can also share files with students in Teams as well as receive work from them.
Together, Canvas and Teams provide functionality for remote teaching. Think of Canvas as providing asynchronous/permanent structure to your tutorials or classes, and Teams as providing live/synchronous functionality. Then add tools to support interactivity such as using a shared whiteboard, polling during a live session, and quizzes within Canvas.
Panopto allows you to prepare and present video lectures and demonstrations of visual or audio materials. You will need a Canvas course (if you don’t already have one), which is how recordings are made available to students. Students may also record visual or audio responses to Panopto assignments.
Slideroom has been successfully used by the Ruskin School of Art for the submission of digital portfolios. Canvas also offers an ePortfolio tool that students can manage themselves and download later when they leave the University.
Whiteboards may be used to demonstrate a technique, such as watercolour painting. Dr Vicky Neale of the Mathematical Institute recorded a webinar on ‘Handwriting in online teaching’. Vicky shows how to use the simplest of equipment (eg your mobile phone balanced on a pile of books to make a video of what you are writing on a piece of paper), and Dr Xavier Laurent (Centre for Teaching and Learning) talks about using electronic whiteboard apps. Of course, these ideas and techniques could be used for drawing as well as writing.
Ensure that any materials you need to share with students are easily accessible to all students. Where possible, save any Word or PowerPoint documents in accessible PDF format before uploading to Canvas, to make viewing online quicker and easier. Inclusivity principles suggest that you should make accompanying materials available to students before the live session, together with follow-up consolidation materials (and activities) after the session.
Many departments and faculties are reflecting upon how programmes are taught, what materials are assigned and how students are assessed. We can help. Academics and administrators who would like to consult with the CTL as they design flexible and inclusive programmes may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.