In this week’s Solution Lab Suzie Reichman, lecturer in environmental science, School of Engineering, talks about her experience in teaching online using Collaborate Ultra for the first time. Suzie describes the steps she took to prepare herself, her students and guest lecturers to use Collaborate and the simple techniques she tried to get her students interacting in this very new space. As she looks ahead to next week, Suzie also highlights what she plans to do next to make the online experience even more engaging.
- For an introduction to using Collaborate, watch the recording of the introductory webinar. There are also some useful supporting resources.
- If, like Suzie, you are getting to grips with new ways to engage students synchronously and asynchronously, you might enjoy working through some materials from this free Open University course called Take Your Teaching Online. Week 1 of the course has useful tips for supporting student engagement and online communication both synchronously and asynchronously. It is simple, but underpinned with theory and evidence.
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