We are now in the position where all face-to-face teaching at QMUL has stopped and staff are working remotely. In this post we outline a few ways in which the technologies we have at QMUL can be used for remote teaching and learning. We also outline ways in which staff can get support in this extraordinary time.
This page covers:
- Running webinars with Blackboard Collaborate
- QMplus Media
- Interactivity with webinars
Self help guides:
- Getting started with remote teaching
- QMplus – QMUL’s online learning environment (Moodle)
- Blackboard Collaborate – real time video conferencing
- Q-Review lecture capture and video recording system (Echo360)
- QMplus Media – video streaming and recording system (Kaltura)
- Moodle mobile app
- Voiceover presentation slides – recordings using Powerpoint
- Other Resources
- Advice on online pedagogy
- Learning from TNE experience
- Pedagogic considerations
- QMUL workshop presentations
- Useful blogs and advice
Getting started with remote teaching
- Getting started with remote teaching presentation
- Online delivery guidelines (Updated: 24/03/2020)
- Webinar Top Tips (Updated: 31/03/2020)
QMplus – QMUL’s online learning environment (based on Moodle)
The vast majority of taught modules at QMUL make use of QMplus. You will probably already be making use of QMplus to communicate and share resources with students. It is also quite likely you are already using QMplus for assessment and feedback. Features that you are likely to find useful at this time are:
- Using forums for communication
- Using online assignment submission and feedback tools for providing feedback on work… …including audio and video feedback
- Online communication via QMplus – Communication and Collaboration guides.
- Using QMplus for online assignments and feedback – Assignment guides.
Blackboard Collaborate – real-time video conferencing
Blackboard Collaborate is useful for:
- Real-time video conferencing (virtual classrooms) for up to 250 participants
- Connecting with students using audio and video
- File sharing (real-time)
- Online chat
- Using a virtual whiteboard
Blackboard Collaborate requires set up in QMplus, but once set up it is possible to give access to people who do not have QMplus accounts. Participants will need to have a stable broadband connection and modern internet browser.
Note: Blackboard Collaborate is appropriate for up to 250 participants.
Q-Review – QMUL’s lecture capture and video recording system (based on Echo360)
Q-Review is useful for:
- Recording and sharing lecture recordings
- Embedding links to recordings on webpages or in QMplus
- Using previous years’ recordings where this years’ recordings are not available
- Recording yourself using the Universal Capture software which will then be automatically added to your Q-Review lecture recordings library and will look similar to those recordings.
- Easier downloading of videos for offline viewing
Should there be Q-Review lecture recordings from previous years, then these can be published to the current cohort of students, providing the owner of the recording has given their express permission in writing for them to be used.
- About publishing and sharing Q-Review recordings in our Publishing a recording from last year’s guide
- About embedding or linking to recordings by following the steps in our How do I embed or link guide.
- Using Q-Review’s Universal Capture.
Recording with Universal Capture
If you do not have access or permission to use previous years’ lecture recordings, you can make your own recording using Q-Review’s Universal Capture. This allows you to
- Record anything being displayed on your computer screen, audio and a webcam…or any combination of these.
- Publish recordings to the same online course area as your other Q-Review lecture recordings
- Paste a link to the published recording onto a website or blog
The recording from Universal Capture will look similar to other Q-Review lecture recordings and will be automatically added to your library of lecture recordings.
Note: Requires admin rights to download and install the Universal Capture software onto your computer or laptop in order to use Universal Capture. If you are unable to download and install Universal Capture you could try using QMplus Media to make a recording instead. See below.
QMplus Media and Kaltura Capture – video streaming and recording system (Based on Kaltura)
QMplus Media and Kaltura Capture is useful for:
- Uploading and streaming videos via QMplus, these can be existing videos or ones that you create
- Making recordings of your computer screen, web cam and audio
- Recording short snippets of feedback or an entire presentation
- Enabling the delivery of multimedia content to those with limited bandwidth
- Allowing students to make recordings and upload to QMplus Media
- Using the mobile app to make recordings
- If you do not have admin rights to your machine and you are unable to download and install Q-Review’s Universal Capture
QMplus Media, provides a variety of useful ways to use video in teaching.
- Download Kaltura Capture from QMplus Media (no admin rights required) to make recordings of your computer screen, web cam and audio. You can use it to record short snippets of feedback for your students or to record an entire presentation. Once recorded, you can easily upload the recording and embed it into your QMplus area.
- Students can upload and share videos too. You can also allow them to submit videos for assessment via a standard QMplus assignment
- Make recordings with Kaltura Capture and QMplus Media
- Creating and marking a video assignment
- Submitting a video assignment.
There is also an app which makes it easy to record videos on mobile devices and upload them to QMplus Media.
Note: Recordings made via Kaltura Capture are available automatically via QMplus Media.
Moodle Mobile app
Moodle’s Mobile app is useful for:
- If your students have access to download the Moodle Mobile App, then this is a good way for them to have quick access to QMplus online learning content.
- Downloading content so that students can view the material offline and students can receive notifications in the app.
Advice on assessment
- Alternatives to face to face assessment
- Take home assessment guidance
- Guidelines for constructing alternative assessments
If you would like advice from the QM Academy on a specific pedagogic issue related to assessment (rather than technical or practical support) please fill in your details here:
Make a recording using PowerPoint
All staff and students at QMUL have access to Microsoft PowerPoint via our institutional Office 365 license. One of the easiest ways to create a video presentation is to record in PowerPoint itself. This allows you to record:
- Your voice, and optionally a webcam
- Slide animations and transitions
- Annotations made with the tools in PowerPoint
After you have completed the recording, you can save the file as a video file and then upload it to QMplus Media, our media server.
Online E-Learning training sessions
The E-Learning Unit are running online training sessions for staff to need help to get help with teaching remotely. These sessions are designed to show you the most commonly used functions of the tools, explore how you can use them with students, give you some hands-on practice and have your questions answered, supported by guidance documentation.
Below is the current timetable, although additional sessions will be added based on demand. If there’s something you’d like us to run a session on…get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All sessions will be delivered online – a link to all sessions can be found below.
Running webinars with Blackboard Collaborate
Get an overview of Blackboard Collaborate functionality, sharing content on-screen and effective use with students
- Wednesday, 1st April – 3-4pm
Overview of recording audio and video, plus uploading to QMplus Media (also known as Kaltura)
- Thursday, 2nd April – 2-3pm
Sharing recordings from previous years, how to embed & see student engagement
- Friday, 3rd April – 3-4pm
** Please access the Blackboard Collaborate, QMplus Media, and Q-Review sessions via our QMplus page: https://tinyurl.com/ELUSupport **
All sessions will be available to access shortly before the session is due to start. To access, please click the session you would like to participate in up to 15 minutes before the start time.
Interactivity in online teaching
How to enhance active learning in synchronous and asynchronous teaching session
- Wednesday, 1st April – 4-5pm
- Thursday, 2nd April – 2-3pm
** Please access the Interactivity in webinars sessions here: https://eu.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/57e9f15833e141cb81730873ff543718 **
Materials from Interactivity in webinars session held on 26th March:
- Interactivity in webinars presentation
- Interactivity in webinars recording – part 1
- Interactivity in webinars recording – part 2
Interactive teaching guidance from QM Academy:
The E-Learning Unit will also be running drop-in sessions every day from 16th – 3rd April between 1-2pm – please login to QMplus, click on ‘online drop-in’ and ‘join session’, between 1-2pm. Further drop-ins will be advertised on a weekly basis.
Please access the online drop-in sessions here: https://tinyurl.com/ELUSupport
Other Useful Resources
Learning from our Trans National Education
Pedagogic considerations in moving content online (prepared by QMES staff Gabriel Cavalli and Matt Potter)
QMUL workshop presentations
- Remote Teaching workshop – lessons from NCU JP
- QMES – Learning from the QMplus experience of TNE programmes
Useful blogs and advice
- OneHE advice on moving HE Teaching Online: tips, resources and support
- Jisc advice on checking your technology before working at a distance
- Jisc advice on the human side of homeworking
- WONK HE advice on what to do if you are teaching at a distance