Teaching effectively in virtual classrooms
"Active learning takes time in every session. Don't waste valuable time with content. Use it to empower students to show what they know and most importantly where the gaps are." Steve Rowe, School of Business & Tourism, SCU.
Steve Rowe, lecturer with SCU's School of Business and Tourism, has been using virtual classrooms in his teaching since 2005 when he introduced this learning technology to SCU. He continues to actively promote effective teaching practice using Blackboard Collaborate (SCU's virtual classroom technology) and regularly contributes to SCU's weekly free-for-all staff training sessions (see below).
In this set of short videos, Steve offers advice that can help you and your students get the most from using virtual classrooms in your teaching.
Avoid giving the perception that you, as the teacher, are going to 'do' content for the students
Preparing to teach in a virtual classroom
Encouraging student participation in virtual classrooms
Student attendance in virtual classrooms
Supporting student work through virtual classrooms
If you are new to Blackboard Collaborate and would like assistance with getting started, visit the Teaching with Technology page.
For hands-on help, and to take your Collaborate skills further, you can attend Explore Blackboard workshops that are held at the commencement of each teaching session. In addition, regular free-for-all Collaborate sessions are held at 12 noon on Friday of every teaching week.
Both opportunities for informal staff skill development are facilitated by technology experts in the Support and Training Collaborate room at the Blackboard Support for Staff Users site. Recordings of previous workshops and sessions are also available at the site.