Lectures and seminars Bites of Learning 23/2: Make your teaching in Zoom rock
Zoom-fatigue affects both those of us who teach and our participants/students. That said, there is a massive bank of knowledge and experience available which we can use to help us avoid it. The Unit for Teaching and Learning invites you to this Bites of Learning webinar, designed as a case discussion with a focus on teaching using video-conferencing tools.
We have all experienced that feeling of fading engagement during online meetings, both from our side and from our participants. With this discussion, explore the strategies we have for increasing and maintaining engagement and building the learning environment we want. Almost two years into the pandemic, each of use carries a suitcase of experiences, both positive and negative that we have learned from on a personal level.
The discussion takes as it's starting point from the case below. Read through it and think about what Janet's problem might be, and what possible choices she has. What strategies would you suggest? And what are the consequences of these?
The webinar will be in English, but you are more than welcome to discuss/ask questions in Swedish.
The seminar is led by Teresa Sörö and Andrew Maunder
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Janet sighed audibly into the microphone at the weekly department meeting. She had hoped that this year's teaching via Zoom and Teams had come to an end, but since the pandemic took a new turn around the city, it had been decided that all teaching must continue online. This was announced to the working group at the meeting. At the same time, the head of the department reminded them about the latest student evaluations where they had expressed that Zoom teaching and the use of filmed Powerpoint presentations was unbearably boring and unengaging.
Janet was mainly a researcher but aside her research she taught on a couple of different programs. She actually liked to speak in front of a group of students as long as it was a theme she felt reasonably comfortable with. She had found a way to lecture that she enjoyed and it was mostly through her talking and problematizing the subject.
When the pandemic struck, she made minor changes to her lectures, mostly she just moved the lectures to Zoom. She felt a nagging concern that the criticism from the students could very well be about her classes. She felt isolated when she taught through Zoom and disconnected to her students and had a hard time knowing what they had got from the session. Sometimes she tried to ask them questions to check their understanding, but it was usually really quiet, and she struggled to keep up with the chat. And even if the students started with their cameras on, the majority had switched them off by the end of the session. She was unsure of how to handle this.
What is Bites of Learning?
The new term brings with it a new format of continuous learning which we hope you’ll love. Here are the main changes:
- A new regular timeslot for MedEd Lab, which will between 12:15 and 13:00 on Wednesdays once every four weeks (March 9th, April 6th, May 4th)
- Two new sister-events:
- ’Discussion circle’ format which has it’s roots in a classic book circle - we lift an article, podcast episode or theme before the event and you can come and discuss the theme with other educators at KI.
- ’Workshop’ which will be a space for short tutorials, where you are also welcome to drop in with questions.