Teaching HyFlex from Home
You may find yourself teaching from home in a planned or unplanned situation, so your equipment may vary. Use what you have to deliver HyFlex instruction.
You may find yourself teaching from home at some point in the semester. Be prepared for this by saving all your teaching material in a digital format and accessible to you anywhere. Lots of things to think about before making the move; do you have a computer at home, will you bring one from work, do you have a camera and microphone, will you need a document camera? Have you made arrangements for a TA or student assistant to get the classroom started by turning on the equipment and joining into the web conference?
Teaching From Home With What I Have
- 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 (if available)
- Make sure your laptop/desktop microphone and camera (if available) are working well.
- Have a TA or a student assistant, in the classroom, (rotating volunteers in class) to help Start the classroom equipment and log into the web conferencing software.
- Assistant will also help to monitor the classroom students’ activity (chat, hands raised, repeat questions)
- 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.
- Make sure to Record the session so students, who may need to watch asynchronously can do so
- Ask if anyone else in the class has a laptop and would like to help with the remote student questions
- It is helpful for breakout rooms, if you plan this, for classroom students to bring their devices to participate.
- Use a portable Document Camera, phone camera or webcam.
- Take pictures of what you need to demonstrate and add to Blackboard to open up during class
- Use the Whiteboard feature in web conferencing to annotate what you are presenting
- If you don’t have a camera, just add a profile image to your web conferencing software to display during the class.