January 31, 2017 at 12:39 pm #1110
The Teaching Online Seminar for faculty at the University of North Florida includes opportunity for participation in an online synchronous meeting. Using the Canvas LMS Conferences feature, faculty are able to experience, from a student perspective, best practices modeled throughout the assignment.
Assignment Description and Instructions:
“Synchronous communication (i.e. real time communication) can add a dynamic, instructional component to an online course and be very effective in building community. This Canvas Conferences session will focus on best practices for using synchronous communication in your online course. In this live lecture, we will discuss how an effective synchronous session can be hosted in an online environment. Here are a few topics that will be covered:
An overview of Canvas Conferences
Models of synchronous sessions
Activities that can be used in a synchronous session
Strategies to ensure a successful synchronous session
This will be a live lecture/discussion and demonstration of synchronous instruction with two-way audio and two-way text-based chat. At the end of the session, many participants become excited about the possibilities of incorporating this type of lesson into their online classes! You will want to check the computer you’ll be using to ensure that it has speakers (or an earphone jack and headphones). If you’d like to participate via audio, you’ll need to have a microphone. Without a microphone, you’ll still be able to hear the session and participate via text and in a few other ways.
Before the Session
If you have never used this tool before, view the Conferences tutorial video (https://guides.instructure.com/m/4210/l/40772-conferences-overview-video) and read through the Conferences section in the Canvas Instructor Guides.
If you would like to practice using Canvas Conferences or are unsure whether your audio/video devices will be compatible, you should access a Canvas Conferences room before you attend the LIVE session. A group area has been created for you in this course. In this area, you have access to the Conferences tool. To visit your group’s area, go to > People > Group > Visit > Conferences > + Conference.”
March 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm #1233Wendy HowardParticipantOffline
Thank you so much for sharing this effective practice. I think it’s a great example of Providing Instruction in the Required Technologies, which is one of the strategies listed on this page in the toolkit: https://topkit.org/developing/tools-techniques-strategies/provide-instruction/
With your permission, I would like to recommend we add this as a resource on that page. Would that be ok?
March 20, 2017 at 3:17 pm #1258
March 22, 2017 at 11:17 am #1266Dale DreesParticipantOffline
Thanks for the information on the Canvas Conferences Allison! One of the topics that came up recently was how accessible it is to use a live conference and if you did choose to use the conferencing tool would you need closed captioning or transcripts?
March 22, 2017 at 11:33 am #1287
Great question. The Canvas Guides describe how a Conference moderator can live caption the session (https://guides.instructure.com/m/4152/l/627526-how-do-i-create-live-captioning-in-a-conference-as-a-moderator). You might also request a transcript of the recording through a third party service such as 3playmedia.
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