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Videoconference Tips for Success

  • Create and share the outline for your video conference session to communicate class objectives and to keep sessions on track.
  • Do a test run of your presentation prior to the first day.
    • Differences in formatting and fonts created on the Mac version of Office may not appear the same on our Windows version.
  • Make text visible, at least 24 point font.
  • Sans Serif fonts (e.g. Ariel, Verdana) are advisable.
  • Share content using Canvas or via e-mail.
  • Avoid becoming a “talking head”.
  • Be conscious that your body movement, hand gestures, expressions, voice modulations, clothing, and jewelry may be perceived differently on distant sites, on a monitor.
  • Remember to speak to and include the video conference sites when addressing the students.
  • Be aware of camera angles and position.
  • Use the mouse when pointing to items on the computer screen, do not point with your finger as students on distant sites may not be able to view it.
  • There may be delay in audio or video.
  • Note that cameras, lighting, screen resolution, screen size, screen dimensions, and monitor color settings affect the visual element of your communication.
  • Likewise, microphone placement, volume, sensitivity, speakers, bit rate, and Internet traffic affect the audio elements.
  • Visit/teach from each of the sites at least once per term.

Learn from Experienced Faculty

Tom Tripp

Creating Student Interaction

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Videoconferencing Meeting Etiquette
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Mark Beattie

The 6 Ps

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