Return to on-campus teaching: Getting the most out of your classroom

AUGUST, 2021
Learning & Teaching
Best practice
Lockdowns and other public health restrictions permitting into the future, some classes will soon return to campus. Visit the Campus Reactivation website for the latest information about returning and how to stay safe. When we do go back to the campus, remember how we teach and the platforms we use have changed somewhat in the last 18 months. Here are some steps to take to make sure your return to Deakin campuses goes as smoothly as possible.

Think about what equipment, functions or systems you need

We have become accustomed to using platforms like Zoom and MS Teams, which allow us to easily record classes and seminars for students who cannot attend the class in real time or wish to review the content. These platforms also allow us to connect with students and colleagues across multiple locations. But our campus classrooms do not all have the same systems and set-up – while some allow connection to a Zoom meeting, others use Deakin Video’s Classroom Capture for recording and still others might not have recording or conferencing functions at all.

Think carefully about what you plan to do in the classroom. If the class needs to be recorded, or you wish to connect multiple locations online, or use a particular platform, make sure you tell your Faculty Timetabler so the timetabling team can allocate a suitable classroom.

Note that classroom activities are not automatically recorded. Activities will only be recorded if you indicate the requirement to your Faculty Timetabler before the timetable is published, and you are scheduled in a Deakin Video (Mediasite) enabled venue. To record an on-campus class or seminar without a request in your initial booking, notify your Faculty Timetabler as soon as possible, and allow 24 hours for the booking to be created or updated. For an urgent booking or to make changes at short notice, you need to contact Deakin eSolutions (x888).

Find out what equipment you have access to

You can use the IT facilities in Deakin spaces webpage (AV inventory) to search IT facilities available in classrooms and meeting spaces.  You can search the inventory by room, room type, building and facilities or equipment.

Deakin IT facilities search menu

Learn how the facilities work

There are different interfaces or systems depending on which room you are in. The AV & Networks team is working hard to update all of these to the Deakin Audio-Visual Environment (DAVE) to provide a simpler and more consistent experience.

While this work is underway, it’s a good idea to use the AV Inventory to check which interface you’ll be using so you can get your classroom set up and ready to go as quickly as possible on the day.  The interface/system in the room is typically displayed first in the list of features. You can click on the ‘i’ (Information) icon on the feature in the Inventory to view further information and user guides relevant to that system.

If you would like to discuss COVIDSafe options to achieve your class objectives across any of the Deakin physical campus locations, and how the AV systems might support this, you can book a consultation or training session with Andy Brader from the Learning Spaces Transformations Team.



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