How to use Collaborate in an accessible way to enable you and your students to get the most from the session. This includes advice on checking hardware and software, using Q & A , and how to make sure you can be seen and heard.
- Provide advice to enable participants to be able to take part in the session, including the link, advice on hardware and software (including browser) etc.
- Follow the advice for Teaching Resources for any materials you will share.
- As with a lecture, share details/notes at least 24hrs ahead.
- At the start of the session, check that your audio and microphone work and help students do the same, so you know they can participate; let them know what to do if they have technical difficulties during the session.
- For Q&A during a session, allow extra time for students to compose questions and the option of using the microphone or typing into the chat pane.
- Recording a session can make it more accessible, for those who can attend (to review) and those who could not.
- Let students know the session will be recorded so they can make arrangements if present (e.g. turn off their camera).
- Offer an opportunity to ask questions during the session but also after the recording has finished.
- Share the recording with opportunity to ask questions later (especially for those who cannot be in the live session). The chat pane can be downloaded from the recording but you will need to take a screenshot of the whiteboard if used. If you need to preserve the chat in a session that was not recorded, or from a breakout room, then this would need to be copied and pasted before closing the room.
- If students are to present, especially if assessed, set up a separate session ahead to give them an opportunity to practice and receive formative feedback.
- If possible, give students the opportunity to pre-record their presentation ahead of time (useful for those with unreliable networks.)
- Rather than rely on the integral computer microphone, use a headset to pick up your voice rather than background sounds.
- Ask everyone who is not speaking at the time to mute their microphone.
- Position the microphone below you mouth so that it does not pick up the sound of your breathing, and does not obscure your mouth (for anyone lip reading).
- Have a plain background behind your head.
- Avoid sitting in front of a window as it casts your face into shadow and your expression and mouth cannot be seen (by anyone lip reading).
- Face the camera and do not move your hands in front of your mouth.