Virtual Classrooms

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Virtual Classrooms allow for synchronous interaction and collaboration between lecturers and students. Lecturers and students can interact actively with audio, video and chat, and can share files and screen activities.

This page provides links to guides to support City’s Virtual Classrooms.

When using Virtual Classroom systems a lot of things are outside the control of City, lecturers and students. We are all relying on our home internet connection and sometimes our own equipment. This means that we might have problems connecting, staying connected or using all the features. Review our tips for getting and keeping a good internet connection to help reduce internet connection issues.

As part of your induction session with students, discuss what will happen if you can’t connect to the Virtual Classroom and how the session will be made available.

For improved audio quality, we recommend you and your participants use a headset rather than PC/phone speakers. Headsets also help ensure the captioning of videos and transcripts are more accurate.

Preparing for Virtual Classroom sessions

Facilitating Virtual Classroom sessions

Using the Virtual Classroom

City has an institutional licence for Zoom and Teams.

Virtual Classroom system

Staff guidance

Student guidance

External speaker guidance

Accessibility

Virtual Classroom system

Staff guidance

Student guidance

External speaker guidance

Accessibility

Zoom

Institutional licence with inbuilt breakout rooms and polling.

  • Hotkeys and keyboard for Zoom

  • You can add captions by enabling captions when setting up your meeting. During the meeting choose Live transcript as the captioner.

  • You can add captions to your Zoom recording by using Kaltura Reach (Requires upload of recording to Kaltura MediaSpace). If you are using Live Transcript in your meeting you will need to switch off auto ordered captions in Kaltura.

  • You can switch on a transcript option which you can share alongside the recording of your Zoom Virtual Classroom if you are sharing directly from Zoom.

Microsoft Teams Meetings

Breakout rooms live on 9 December 2020