The EagleVision platform allows instructors to engage their students using a variety of methods. When designing your lesson for each session, consider the following best practices for keeping your students engaged every time you meet in EagleVision! Questions about best practices in teaching? Contact RCTLE a RCTLE@erau.edu.
Set an agenda
EagleVision sessions can run either 4 hours and 45 minutes in length, or 3 hours and 20 minutes in length if you are teaching an EagleVision blended course. This may seem like a lot of time to fill, but you have a lot of information to cover!
Here are some tips to help you with creating your EagleVision classroom agenda:
- Make a list of all the topics you need to cover in your session.
- Estimate the time each topic will take in class.
- Consider how you can leverage the EagleVision tools to enhance your course content.
- Give students a break. Plan on a total of 20 minutes of break time throughout the class.
Remember, a balanced agenda includes a variety of formats. We recommend you plan to show videos, websites, and other resources along with facilitating engaging conversations through discussions and polls.
Create Compelling Lectures
Remember, you were assigned to teach this course because you are an expert in the subject matter. Your students want to hear and see you! Creating a compelling lecture means establishing a classroom presence and structuring lectures to not run longer than 15 minutes.
- Limit the time. Research shows the average adult attention span is 15 minutes in length.
- Give your students a purpose for listening. For instance, ask them to consider a content reverent question while listening to the lecture. When the lecture is finished, have students explain their answer to the question based on the information you shared.
- Avoid reading the slides. Instead, use short bullet points and/or pictures as a way to guide the lecture.
- When using video to enhance a lesson, be sure that the video is only around five minutes in length. The video should enhance the lesson, not be the lesson.
- Turn on your webcam (unless you’re showing a video or sharing your screen)! Students want to see you, even if you don’t want to see you. You set the tone for your classroom, connect with your students and the content by showing your personality.
This video provides more information on best practices on using your webcam:
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