Teaching HyFlex in Instrumented Classrooms
All instrumented classrooms reserved through Registration and Records have basic equipment to support HyFlex, but most will not have new equipment installed at the start of the fall semester.
Check out the Instrumented Classrooms – Table to find what technology is in the room you were assigned. All instrumented classrooms have basic equipment.
- Wireless microphone for the instructor
- Document camera
New technologies are being added to these rooms and will continue through the first few months of the semester. You CAN teach HyFlex in any of the Instrumented classrooms with the basic equipment. What you may not have, yet, are the cameras and student microphones (ceiling mounted).
Getting Started in the Classroom
1. Starting Your Web Conference
- Start the web conferencing application about 5-10 minutes before class starts to provide remote students with time to log in and adjust microphones and cameras
- Have a TA or a student assistant (rotating volunteers in class) to help monitor the remote students’ activity (chat, hands raised, muted microphone)
- Make sure to Record the session so students, who may need to watch asynchronously can do so
- In-depth Resources:
2. Choose your camera
- The cameras are not like the audio devices where only one will be listed. Since we have a device for capturing the camera and one for content there will be multiple options listed. They will need to select the one that shows the camera feed.
- Cameras may be:
- DVI2PCI Duo D2PXXXXXX (VGA) - The Xs represent numbers that will be different on each computer
- DVI2PCI D2PXXXX (VGA) - - The Xs represent numbers that will be different on each computer
- Quick-Connect USB
- AV Bridge 2x1
3. Choose your microphone
- Clip the wireless microphone to your shirt, just below chin (about a fist below chin) and turn on
- Once you are in Zoom or BB Collaborate, there should be an audio test function. If you do not get a signal, make sure the lapel is turned on and next check the audio input source in the software.
- Audio input should be set to either “same as system”, “Microphone (USB Audio CODEC)”, “Line (2- TesiraFORTE)”, or “Microphone (2- US-2x2)” (depending on which room you are in – it should be selected by default). You can also ask your students if they can hear you.
4. Choose your speakers
- In Zoom, you should choose the “Same as System” speaker
- In Blackboard Collaborate, you do not need to choose a speaker.
- In Teams it should be labelled either “Speakers (Synaptics HD Audio)” or “Crestron (intel Display Audio)”.
5. Start Your Class
- Welcome all students to the class
- Have a short script explaining the HyFlex teaching model, how you expect the class to work and ask for questions.
Sharing Content with your Class from Various Sources
- Press the microphone button at the bottom of the screen to access microphone mute/unmute controls. By default the student (audience microphones) will be muted.
- Inform students that they should refrain from having side conversations in class, because everything they say will be picked up and broadcast to the remote students, making it very difficult for them to hear the instructor.
- Inform students their laptop microphones and speakers need to be muted – otherwise the laptop microphone, speakers, and the ceiling microphone, will pick up the audio and transmit it into the call at slightly different times causing audio problems. During group work, make sure the students are in breakout rooms and not in the main class connection –or their conversations will be picked up for all groups to hear.
- Being in breakout rooms allows in-class students to use their laptop microphones without broadcasting to all of the groups (it is advised in-class students use headphones for group work so other in-class student groups will be less distracted by the classroom conversations).
- At the beginning of class, check the camera position in your web conferencing application; make adjustments using the camera controls on the touch screen.
- Include the students in helping you to manage this classroom experience with what is available. It’s a team effort to teach and learn.
- Prepare a netiquette guide for your class and review to remind them about what behavior is expected in a HyFlex classroom
- Before questions start, explain the classroom setup and how you would like questions to be asked by all students. Ideas:
- Student raises hand (remote students use the web conferencing raise hand feature)
- Remote students post questions in the chat and you, or TA, reads to the class
- If classroom student asks question, you repeat the question so all classroom and remote student can hear
- If you don’t have a camera, just add a profile image to your web conferencing software to display during the class
- If available, could bring a laptop with built-in camera or webcam attachment to class and log in to the web conferencing software. Position the laptop so the camera faces the classroom students. This way the remote students can “connect” with the class as a whole. NOTE: make sure to MUTE the laptop microphone to avoid feedback. Also works with a mobile phone using the mobile app.
- If you are planning to use Breakout Rooms during class, ask your classroom students to bring their devices to join in. Use the chat feature to avoid noisy discussions in breakout rooms.
- Learning & Applied Innovation Center (LAIC)
- Information Technology webpage
- Teaching Tools & Technology
- Teach HyFlex at NDSU