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 email@example.com for further support.
1. Use Moodle
Moodle 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.
Set assessment submission points
- Allow students to upload their work for you to check by setting up a Moodle Assignment.
- Use the Grade Transfer tool to transfer grades to SAMIS.
(**Note: this video makes reference to Turnitin for originality detection of students' work. The University of Bath has since moved to Urkund but the instructions are otherwise the same).
2. Re-use last year's lecture recordings
Make 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 cohorts
Create 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 / webinar
These 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.
Microsoft Teams can be used to hold webinars for up to 250 participants - these are called Teams meetings. All University of Bath staff and students have Office 365 accounts which allows them access to Microsoft Teams using their University of Bath username and password. It is also possible for guest users from outside of the University to join meetings. Microsoft Teams can be accessed across multiple devices (PC, laptop, mobile phone, tablet) either in the browser or through a download. Meetings can be recorded and accessed by the participants afterwards via Microsoft Stream.
Adobe Connect is a web conferencing tool that allows you to hold webinars and meet online with colleagues. The University of Bath has a licence which is managed by the TEL team. The licence allows 50 concurrent users across the University so it is suitable for small-scale webinars only at present. It is possible to allow more users by adding a burst pack or expanding the licence, but there would be a cost to do this. Because of the need for an account to be set up with the TEL team and the limit to the number of users, Adobe Connect requires more administration than a Microsoft Teams meeting.
Meeting hosts (i.e. staff) need to be registered on Adobe Connect by emailing the TEL team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and requesting an account with the subject line ‘Adobe Connect account request’. Participants (i.e. students) do not need to be registered – they can enter as guests. The TEL team will then set up a meeting room with a unique URL which can be used by the user multiple times as a meeting host (e.g. https://uob.adobeconnect.com/tbrunsdon). The meeting host needs to download the Adobe Connect application and send out a link to participants to join the webinar at an agreed time.
5. Inclusive & Accessible Learning
Planning Inclusive and Accessible teaching is essential: any student must be able to access content and all learners benefit from these practices.