Concurrent Tech Matrix

Teaching concurrently requires a considered mix of pedagogy and technology.

In this page you’ll find a list of various technologies you could use in the concurrent classroom. Each technology is rated against its suitability for different classroom activities. Click the i next to each piece of tech for more information.

We encourage staff to speak to RMIT’s AV Loans to discuss what lending options they have. AV Loans contact details are available at their website: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/it-services-for-students/audio-visual

This list is not exhaustive. If you have any questions or want to discuss further, please contact us at dsc.lt@rmit.edu.au

Disclaimer: This advice is highly generalised, based on feedback from staff teaching concurrently. We strongly recommend you test and research all tech before making any purchases.

Video

Consider what video equipment you may need to approriately capture your class for online students. Some classes can be delivered well with just your laptop’s webcam, others may need something more mobile or hi-def. Consider some of these options below for your classroom.

Audio

Consider what audio equipment you will need to ensure those online and those in-person can approriately hear each other. Teacher-led classes may only need a microphone for the teacher but discussion based classes will need to consider how all students can hear each other.

Sound is arguably the most crucial and difficult factor to get right when attempting concurrent teaching, so test a few different approaches and find the right tech choices for your class.

Streaming

Consider how you will ‘stream’ your class to the onlie students. In other words, how will they view your class. RMIT has licenses for Collaborate Ultra (which is built in the Canvas LMS) and Microsoft Teams – two popular platforms.

If you’re looking to get more control and more advanced features for your streaming, consider programs like OBS which can be ‘plugged-into’ your streaming platform.

Hardware

Consider how you may want to use various hardware to increase what you’re able to present to your students via your stream. These devices allow you to plug multiple external pieces of equipment into one, single output – making it easier for you to present more complex streaming setups. Tablets/Devices can also be used to stream a large array of relevant applications to your students.

Software & Apps

Consider how you may boost your class engagement, interactivity or participation with a range of software and apps.