Instructors can host online lectures or discussions with their students, either:
Classes are held
on set schedules and times, so students and instructors are online and interacting at the same time.
UC San Diego School of Medicine (SOM) provides lecture capture services via Panopto.
For a virtual, synchronous lecture,
Zoom web conferencing is a great solution. In a Zoom meeting, both instructors and students can share audio, video and screen presentations. There is also an option to record the Zoom session(s), which can be saved and posted to Canvas after the session ends.
What to do before class?
- Find a quiet location that is free of distraction. Be sure you have a working web cam, microphone, and headphones.
- Test your audio and video before joining the session by clicking the
Settings icon in the Zoom application and using both the
- Clicking the
Video tab should automatically show what your camera is capturing. If you are able to see your face, no other action is needed. If you are unable to see your face, click in the area to the right of
Camera and select another input. If you are still unable to see your face, contact
- Clicking the
Audio tab will allow you to test both your speaker and microphone. Click on both Test Speaker and
Test Mic to ensure they work. If one or both do not work, click in the area to the right of them to select a different device. If you are unable to get either your speaker or microphone to work, contact
Zoom's test meeting and try to chat or raise your hand.
- Test sharing your screen and make sure you are comfortable doing so. Click
Share Screen in Zoom and select if you want to share your entire screen or a specific application. Other participants are able to see the content on your screen and you have the option of clicking
Annotate to make your mouse a laser pointer or drawing on the screen.
What to do during class?
- Click on
Chat after you join the session. Students will either ask questions in the
Chat or “raise their hand” in the
Participants screen by using the raise hand icon beside their name.
You can click the down arrow in either window and click
Pop Out to open it in a separate window.
- Monitor the
Chat windows for questions and ask the instructor during scheduled breaks or call out a few students to unmute their microphones and ask themselves. This will be a short period of time, so try to reiterate the question if multiple students are asking something similar.
- Mute any students that are not already and are making noise during instruction. You can do this by hovering over their name in the
Participants window and clicking
- If the instructor wants students to breakout shortly to into small groups, you can do so by clicking
Breakout Rooms. A new window will pop up and you can choose how many groups to set up and assign students either automatically (random) or manually.
We'd ask the instructor to do this before the session because it can take some time to assign students manually.
- Once all students have been assigned to their breakout rooms, click
Open All Rooms. Students will get a prompt to join. When the instructor is ready for everyone to come back together, click
Close All Rooms. Students will get a 60 second countdown on their screen before they return or they can click on screen to join back early.
Lectures and / or discussions are
pre-recorded. Students watch the videos at their own pace.
For a virtual, asynchronous meeting, instructors can choose to
record a lecture or
upload a pre-existing video or audio file in Panopto. If you choose this option, then please email
email@example.com with the filename(s) and course details for posting into Canvas: Course number/title; Date; and Time. Within Panopto, instructors have the ability to edit and enhance their lecture content with embedded media, text resources and checks for understanding.
Recommended Tools for Delivering a Lecture Online
|Record lecture / discussion on campus
|Record lecture / discussion off campus
|Host live lecture / discussion off campus
|Make recordings available on Canvas
For assistance with this process: