This article is meant to help with recommendations, best practice, and guidance for hybrid instruction in the Wharton classrooms. All of the classrooms at Wharton have been outfitted with enhancements to help improve the hybrid teaching experience for both the instructor and the audience, whether in-person or remote.
First Time Teaching Hybrid? If this is your first hybrid teaching experience please reach out to Classroom Technology or your Wharton Computing representative to set up a training session.
In this article, hybrid instruction refers to teaching from a Wharton classroom to both an in-person audience as well as a remote audience, synchronously.
The classrooms have been equipped with specific tools and technology to help specifically with hybrid instruction.
- All tiered classrooms have a mobile cart which includes technology to enhance hybrid instruction:
- a confidence monitor - use this to confirm the experience that remote attendees are having, or display additional content to the instructor
- Zoom has been installed on all classroom computers for quick access from the classroom technology.
- The classrooms have enhanced audio equipment which will help the remote students hear (in a natural way) the conversations between the in-person audience and in-person professor as they happen in the classroom.
Classroom Setup for Hybrid Instruction
To help ensure the best experience for both remote and in-person participants, there are a few steps that the instructor can take when beginning class:
- Log in to the classroom computer first. Log into the classroom computer (even if you plan to use your own laptop or tablet) so the technology will know who you are and engage the full scope of resources available for your instruction.
- If using Zoom, log in to the Zoom client on the classroom computer and start your session there. This makes the host of the Zoom session the classroom computer and allows you to take full advantage of the classroom equipment specifically for Zoom.
After you log into Zoom you need change some Zoom settings to make sure you can use the additional display options in the room:
- Join any meeting, and go to General > Settings
- Check the box for dual monitors, to activate the dual monitors
- Set Noise Suppression to Low
- Under Advanced Audio Setting, set Echo Cancellation to Auto
Remember to share your content with both remote and local students by sharing your screen. This needs to happen in the room by displaying your presentation on the projector screens in the classroom as well as within the web conferencing application via screen sharing.
Use a lapel microphone to make sure all of your speech is captured by both the classroom and the remote participants. The classrooms are equipped with enhanced audio via ceiling mics and a very strong lectern mic, but the lapel mic will make sure to capture everything even if you walk away from the lectern. The lapel mic will also help prevent your speech from sounding muffled when you are wearing a mask.
Best Practices and Recommendations
There are a number of suggestions that will help provide you the best experience with hybrid teaching:
- Clothing - Wear lighter neutral colors without patterns – they look best on camera.
- Classroom Teaching Position - If you like to teach using a wider portion of the front of the room, using the classroom camera mounted at the rear of the classroom will better capture you for the entirety of your class.
- Lapel Microphone Position - When wearing a lapel microphone we recommend placing it about 4" below your chin (right around your collar) and centered.
- Annotation - If you are teaching from a tablet, you can connect to the meeting from that device, then share its screen. Make sure to mute the microphone and speaker on your device to prevent feedback.
- Classroom Whiteboards - Writing on the whiteboard will be captured by the camera, but be mindful of which camera you are using and that the whiteboard is in frame. If you need to share information on the whiteboards to the side of the room that are out of the camera shot, use the room control panel to position the side room cameras to capture that content.
- Student Questions - When in-room students want to ask a question, they should be easily picked up by the in-room microphone system. You may need to ask them to speak up so they are heard loud and clear, and we recommend repeating the student's question as a best practice.
Having trouble? Try these quick tips, or contact Classroom Technology using the information below.
- No image showing anywhere - Make sure that a source is selected. If the room control panel shows "none" then you will need to pick a source and send it to the appropriate displays/screens in the room.
- Remote students cannot hear you - Make sure that the audio is selected from the classroom computer and that the microphones are not muted or in privacy mode. There is a light indicator on the ceiling mics that will show green if the ceiling mics are live and will be red of the mics are muted. You can unmute the mics from the room control panel.
- Feedback from local student laptops - If students in the room with you also join the web conference, they will need to mute both the microphone and speaker on their laptop to prevent loud squealing noises (called feedback).
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