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Teaching from home in 2021


Getting ready for Term 2

At the end of December 2020, the Government instructed universities to delay the planned start of timetabled face-to-face teaching in a statement to the House of Commons and a subsequent letter to students.

Shortly afterwards the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown which has implications for all staff and students regarding a return to campus.

For these reasons, we have been instructed to move all teaching online until at least 22 February 2021. The new term for Royal Holloway students begins on Monday 11 January 2021 as planned, with teaching online for all Royal Holloway courses. 

We have provided a list of steps and advice which you may wish to use to check your online preparedness. We will be adding to this page in the coming days so please keep checking back.

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The basics

You will need to ensure you have a computer or laptop with access to:

Training for staff new to online teaching

E-Learning will be running training sessions geared toward staff who have not taught online so far this year. These sessions are being held on:

Thursday 7 January 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Friday 8 January 2021, 2:30pm - 16:00pm.

These sessions will cover features like channels, the basics for using Teams for teaching, the class notebook and how to use Panopto with Microsoft Teams.

Staff who taught last year but would like a refresher are more than welcome to attend. Booking is not required. 

Find out how to attend a session.

Refresher training for Microsoft Teams and Panopto

Staff who would like a refresher session on Microsoft Teams and using Panopto are invited to attend our sessions for new users. These are aimed at staff who haven't taught in this way before, but will also be a useful refresher for colleagues that would like to go back over the basics.

These sessions are being held on:

Thursday 7 January 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm.

Friday 8 January 2021, 2:30pm - 16:00pm.

These sessions will cover features like channels, the basics for using Teams for teaching, the class notebook and how to use Panopto with Microsoft Teams. Find out how to join one of these sessions.

 You may also want to watch this session from back in September which goes over the core activities in Teams and Panopto: Teams, Panopto, and accessing support

 The resources in the next section may also be of help.

E-Learning's guide to teaching online

The E-Learning team have comprehensive guides to E-Learning at Royal Holloway.

The E-Learning section of the intranet can be found here.

 

 

Microsoft Teams

Teams have been created for all modules that need them, and you will have been added to any Teams where you are a course tutor. If you cannot see a Team that you are expecting to be in, please check that the Team has not been hidden by following these instructions. You should also check the course in Moodle. Unless you are listed as a course author or tutor, you may not have been added to the relevant team correctly. If you think that you are missing a team please email the IT Service Desk with "Learning and Teaching: Missing Team" in the subject line.

Breakout rooms were added as a feature in Microsoft Teams at the end of last term. The E-Learning team has created these guides on how to use them:

An introduction to breakout rooms

A quick guide to using breakout rooms

 

Panopto

E-Learning have produced a guide to starting recordings from home and from your own computer.

There are instructions on Moodle that guide you through steps to make recordings available to students, as they are hidden by default.

Additional support for teaching

There isan online clinic being held today from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Microsoft Teams by the AV team. The purpose of the clinic is to assist with issues using the tools needed for online teaching and learning, namely Panopto and Teams. You can attend by joining the AV Online Support 'Team' and making a post in the ‘General’ channel. Someone from the support team will then call you on Teams to discuss your questions.

A rapid response support team will be available online from 8:30am - 5.00pm, 11th January – 22nd February. Their purpose is to provide immediate assistance in the event of problems during online teaching sessions. If you need help, you should go to the AV Online Support 'Team', post details of your issue, and then someone from the team will then contact you on Teams to resolve the problem.