Collaboration and communication in Fashion & Textiles

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Dr. Carolina Quintero Rodriguez


Fashion lecturer Dr. Carolina Quintero Rodriquez takes us through how she sets up her concurrent classroom to enable collaboration between the students and herself. With the use of Teams, OneNote and OBS she creates an engaging and collaborative classroom experience.


School: F&T

Year Level

Year: 1

High Effort

Cohort Size: 12 F2F, 24 Remote


Delivery Mode: Concurrent

Medium Effort

Medium Effort


Implementation level: Hard



Support utilised or required


  • Two lapel microphones (one for lecturer and one to roam in audience),
  • Overhead projectors,
  • Room cameras,
  • Laptop camera,
  • 2 screens for lecturer (laptop screen and extended monitor)


  • Open broadcast system (OBS)
  • Microsoft teams
  • OneNote

What L&T approach/technology did you implement and why?

Collaborative tools

OneNote and other tools in Microsoft Teams to foster collaboration and engagement across the F2F and online cohorts.

Cross-platform streaming

Using Open Broadcaster Software to project multiple screens including video streams of the F2F cohort, online cohort, lecturer, microsoft teams chat, shared slide packs and videos.



A shared journey and sense of community

Having a holistic view of the multiple scenes simultanuously allows for the lecturer and students to keep track of all components of delivery together. It also brings a visual connectiveness to the F2F and online cohort.

Steep learning curve

Upfront time and dedication may be needed to learn how to effectively and confidently use the platforms.

Collaborative work

Having a shared working space keeps students engaged with their learning and actively applying knowledge and skills in a team. This also allows the lecturer to have insight into their progress.

Room requirements

Unless the room is properly fitted out to allow for this approach, it would be incredibly difficult to successfully implement.

Tips and Advice


Start with what you know

Start simple, using programs and teaching resources that you are familiar with


Reach out for support

Contact the L&T team to see how to adapt the course content, activities and materials to deliver concurrently


See what's available

Contact IT teams to understand what is available in terms of hardware for teaching concurrently and how to use it


Test and practice

Do a trial class before the semester starts – it will give you the time to adapt at using multiple softwares and hardwares


Get an assistant for the first couple of sessions

Have a teacher and technical support in the class when running the first few classes.. this will reduce your stress

Student Experience