First step towards organizing teaching

When is it useful?  

  • When you need to move more varied activities into the virtual space
  • In addition to sharing materials, when you want to have discussions with students, assign tasks, test knowledge, etc.

Possible solutions:

You can use some of the teaching management systems in which it’s possible to create an e-learning course with various types of activities. There are multiple such systems. At the MU FA you have two options for which we provide user support:

Electronic courses in ELF Interactive syllabi in IS MU

Tip! Tip! Use a variety of ways of working, e.g. forum discussions, continuous assessment tests and formative assessment or peer review, in order to involve students as much as possible.

  Sharing materials

When is it useful?  

  • You have at your disposal or can provide study materials using which students can study on their own (scanned articles, your own study texts, presentations with notes, teaching videos, etc.). 
  • Your course is based on a one-way transfer of knowledge rather than on discussion.

Solution: 

  1. Store files in cloud storage and share them with students. For example, you can use the university’s OneDrive.
  2. Create a course in the teaching management system and add study materials into it.

  How to present the material being taught

When is it useful?

  • You want to present your material so that students do not miss anything significant, but at the same time, you don’t need students to respond directly to your explanation.

The solutions might be:

Make a recording of the lecture on your work or home computer

Using a simple programme you can record the progress of your work on the computer and accompany it with a spoken commentary. This way you can create a video with your presentation and an explanatory commentary. If you have a webcam, you can add a recording of yourself into the video. 

The official faculty application for PC recording is the programme TechSmith Relay. You can find it on all faculty computers or you can install it on your own computer. It’s very easy to use – after logging in using your UIN and secondary password, it takes just three clicks to make a recording.

More about TechSmith Relay Other ways of recording lectures

Use a videoconferencing application

To organize a live online lecture, you can use one of the numerous applications for videoconferencing (Microsoft TeamsZoomGoogle Meet, etc.). These allow you to connect directly with students, talk to them in real time, and share with them the image from your webcam. Thanks to the desktop sharing function, you can show your students what you’re currently seeing on your computer. Some applications enable you to record videoconferences right away,  but this feature is not yet universal. 

The official solution for videoconferencing at the MU FA is the applicationMicrosoft Teams, which is available to all MU employees and students   as part of the Office 365 service package. In Microsoft Teams not only can you make regular video calls, you can also create classes to which you invite students and in which you then create a videoconference channel.

More on Microsoft Teams Frequently asked questions about MS Teams

Use the system for automated lecture room recordings

The newly reconstructed buildings at the MU FA are equipped with a system for easily making automated recordings of lectures — just push the button on the control panel, switch on the microphone, and the system creates a video of you and your presentation. If you can be present at the faculty, you can use this technical facility. Lecturing in an empty room is certainly not pleasant, but this solution requires a minimum amount of extra effort and planning on your part, as everything in the lecture room is pre-prepared for this scenario. For more detailed information about the recording equipment, including instructions, please refer to the IT Service Catalogue

After processing, the resulting record is stored in Medial, the faculty’s media library, and can be shared with students using the share link. 

Video tutorial: How to record a lecture in the lecture room Technical facilities at the MU FA

Tip! You can supplement the recorded lecture with questions for students to think about. Alternatively, you can use it for aflipped classroom seminar.

  Communication with students

Synchronous (in real time)

When is it useful?

Your course favours a seminar-type delivery and the opportunity for flexible, real-time discussion is essential for you.

Solution:

As a basic technological solution, we recommend using the videoconferencing application Microsoft Teams, which is available to all MU employees and students as part of the Office 365 service package. In Microsoft Teams not only can you make regular video calls, you can also create classes to which you invite students and in which you then create a videoconference channel.  During a videoconference you can also use a chat where students can post questions and comments.

More on Microsoft Teams Frequently asked questions about MS Teams

Asynchronous (outside of class)

  1. Another option is to use a discussion forum. In the IS MU course discussions are available that are pre-prepared for every taught course.
  2. In the e-courses of the faculty’s ELF e-learning system you can use discussion forums, which offer more configuration options.

More about ELF More about e-learning in IS MU

Tip! Activate students during collaborative work using quizzes, surveys, tests, and discussions

  Activities for extending your teaching

When is it useful?

  • Přemýšlíte, jak co nejvíce zapojit studenty, udržet jejich pozornost a motivovat je k další práci.    

Possible solutions

  1. At the beginning ofa teaching unit, use an activity to activate your students. It could be a brainstorming activity or a short quiz (e.g. QuizzizMentimentr) to check students’ understanding of the topic from a previous session.

  2. For example, use the discussion forum in Microsoft Teams orcourse discussions in the IS MU.

  3. Use formative assessment, which gives students better feedback, motivates them, and shows where their strengths lie.

  4. Try to incorporate anonymous peer review of student work.

  5. Assign group work  you’ll thereby encourage cooperation, communication, and relationship-building among students.

  6. Guide students toward self-reflection, ask them for feedback on the course content. This is the quickest way to learn what you should change in future. 

  Online examination

When is it useful? 

  • You need to test students’ knowledge. 

Solution:  

You can remotely examine students’ knowledge using electronic tests, oral examinations, or other continuous evaluation activities.

More on examining online

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