The University of Bath has several systems that enable staff to teach online if staff and students cannot attend campus. The four main systems are: Moodle, Microsoft Teams Meetings, Adobe Connect and Re:View (Panopto).
The following options set out the basics of getting started with teaching online. The options are in order of priority.
Whilst reading through this guidance please remember that your students will need:
- access to suitable technology (PC, laptop or tablet) and internet connection (with fast broadband required for some services)
- regular instruction and reassurance
Contact the TEL team at firstname.lastname@example.org for further support.
1. Use MoodleMoodle is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) used for both synchronous (live) and asynchronous activity such as discussion forums, learning activities (e.g. quizzes), learning materials, lecture notes and presentations, and pre-recorded audio and video.
- Use the Bath Baseline for Online Teaching to effectively structure and organise your Moodle courses.
- Visit the Moodle Guides Hub page for guidance, videos and FAQs
- Explain to students how you intend to use the Moodle environment.
- Set clear guidance on when you will be 'present' i.e. when you will respond to questions posted in forum discussions or when you will be uploading content or assessing submitted work (essentially your virtual office hours).
- Make it clear that you will answer questions 'publicly' in the forums, rather than privately through email. All students can then benefit from the answers.
- Explain clearly what you expect students to do. Should they login in everyday or specific days? If you want them to take part in discussions make it clear if their participation is required or optional.
Upload resources and activities
- Provide students with lecture notes, articles or tasks. (Make sure the files are sensibly named).
- Include instructions so that students know what to do with these resources.
- Use the resources to keep students 'active' by building in activities around them.
Use discussion forums
- Use the Announcement or News forum for one way communication (i.e. for posting notices).
- Use Q&A forums for two-way communication.
- Encourage students to answer each others questions.
- Check in and respond (as per your 'virtual office hours').
Set formative quizzes
- Check student progress through Moodle quizzes - you have access to multiple question types.
- Include correct answers and feedback so students can check their own progress.
2. Re-use last year's lecture recordingsMake the most of teaching material you have already created.
- If you recorded your lectures last year you can share those with this year's cohorts.
- Students can be reminded to use these resources in a number of active ways, not just passive viewing.
3. Record at your desktop and make available to cohortsCreate new material at your desktop PC or laptop.
- You can record new material by downloading the Re:View (Panopto) desktop recorder software. You will need a headset (and mic) to record. A webcam is optional. Recordings are uploaded to the Re:View (Panopto) website for your students to access via URL.
- You could also record narration directly in PowerPoint and save the presentation as a video, uploading to a folder in Re:View for your students to access. Do not upload video files directly to Moodle - this will slow your course down and make it difficult (or impossible) to backup.
Installing the desktop recorder on my home PC Record video in PowerPoint How do I make PowerPoint videos available to students See How to use Re:View for staff See How to use Re:View for students Capturing Handwritten Notes Electronically
4. Run a live meeting / webinarThese options should be considered carefully, especially if you have not run these type of events before.
- You can use Microsoft Teams Meeting. This is primarily an online meeting tool, like Skype.
- You can use Adobe Connect. This is a web conferencing tool that provides a virtual meeting space.
5. Inclusive & Accessible LearningPlanning Inclusive and Accessible teaching is essential: any student must be able to access content and all learners benefit from these practices.
- Guidance for students studying online
- Developing Inclusive Practice in Teaching and Learning
- Accessible Document Guidance
- Digital Accessibility Guidance
- Writing Accessible Technical Content
- Accessible webinars – making online work for everyone [JISC]
- Inclusive practice guide
- How to move your teaching online - fast (from UoL)