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 at wwctlew@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! 

Creating your Classroom Agenda

  • Create 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 class.

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. 

Creating Compelling Lectures

  • 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 answers to the question based on the information you shared.
  • Avoid reading off of the slides. Instead, use short bullet points and/or pictures as a way to guide to 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.

     

For more information on best practices on using your webcam, check out this video:

Class Discussions

Teaching in EagleVision can be an adjustment if you are used to teach in a “traditional” classroom setting. At times, you may feel as though you are talking to your computer instead of students. However, your students are on the other side of the computer and they are waiting to be engaged!

Igniting Classroom Discussion:

  • Ask the right questions. Ask open-ended questions that allow students to reflect on their own experiences.
  • Give the discussion a purpose. Explain WHY you’re talking about something. Students want to know why the content is relevant to their learning. 
  • Establish ground rules. During your first EagleVision session, establish some ground rules for discussions.  For example, does everyone need to raise their hand and be called on to speak, or can people simply turn on their mics and have open discussions? If you are teaching an EagleVision Classroom course, will all students be required to come up to the camera to speak? Will you use a signal to let students know if they are monopolizing the discussion? Share these ground rules ahead of time and ask your students for their input.
  • Help students feel they have something to contribute. Sometimes students just feel like they have nothing to contribute… so they don’t.  Try using the “Reflect, Chat, Discuss” approach to discussions.  For example, first, ask a question and give students a minute to reflect on their thoughts individually. Next, use the Breakout Rooms to let students discuss these thoughts in small groups. Finally, bring the groups back for a larger discussion. Everyone should have some comments to share at this point! This gives you the ability to call on specific students if needed to get the conversation started.
  • Provide enough “wait time” after asking the question. Sometimes, waiting for a student to respond to a question can feel like an eternity. . Give the student the time needed to consider and answer the question. If 10 seconds pass and the student does not have an answer, call on someone else and remind the student that you will come back to them. Make sure you do come back to the student, so you create an expectation of class participation. 
  • Be sure to ask your students to activate their webcams when participating in discussions as well.

Remote Sites

Depending on the type of EagleVision course you’re scheduled to teach, you may teach a course with some students in your host classroom and others in remotes or you may teach courses where everyone is remote.

Best Practices for Managing Remote Sites:

  • Establish course participation policies from the beginning of your course. For example, you can require that each student sit within view of the camera (if possible). Each EagleVision classroom is assigned a student aide. Ask the student aide to assist with using the EagleVision tools and controls on behalf of the class.
  • Require all students to raise their hands before speaking, including those at your host site. Alternate between students at your host site and students at your remote sites
  • When students are speaking, ask them to speak facing the camera and close to a microphone. This may be an awkward adjustment at first, but it will soon become normal if you consistently have students do so.
  • Create opportunities for small group activities with each of your sites in a group. If one of your sites has a large amount of students, then split them up into two or more groups. Have them work on a problem, complete a task, or prepare one perspective of an issue to report back to the class. 

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