Teaching an Interactive Video Technology Class


Teaching an IVT course, like teaching an online or traditional course, comes with various challenges. How do students learn? How do you ensure goals and objectives are achieved? How do you motivate your students to ensure they are successful? How do you promote active learning?

Create an environment of inquiry.  Plan ways your students can engage in activities, such as reading, writing, discussion, or problem solving that will promote  analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of class content.

Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.

IVT Teaching Strategies

Arrive early to ensure equipment is operating properly. Avoid wearing whites or patterns/stripes which may cause glares or interference.

Check that all students are within the field of vision and that they can see you. Speak clearly and precisely. Look into the camera when talking with the remote site to help them feel connected. Repeat questions so questions are clear to students at all locations. 

Provide your preferred mode of communication and contact information. Organize and distribute instructional content timely. Post documents to a web site or learning management system for easy access.

Seat assignments are helpful when trying to remember each student's name. Engage students by calling on them by name during the class.

Communicate your backup plan if technical issues occur.

Attempt to teach from each site during the semester. This lets those students know they are valued and the campus site will better understand the challenges remote students may have during class. 

Pace the camera switching between instructor and instructional content. Some instructors find it easy to forget that the remote students are still viewing your PowerPoint.

A successful IVT course relies heavily on interaction — it's perhaps the most important technique to master. Experiment with new teaching strategies that may avoid the "talking head" for students to passively receive information. Some examples are guided discussion, brainstorming, role playing, and demonstration.