SCTE Webinar Series | April 15 – May 1, 2020

In this SCTE webinar series, our panelists shared short demonstrations and Q&A sessions on the topic of Preparing to Teach Your First Class on Zoom. The sessions featured online teaching experiences, tips, and insights from a number of Schulich instructors. Below is a brief summary of the presentation topics and some key take-aways from the presenters. To view any or all of these sessions, please visit the related SCTE Sharepoint page to access the full Zoom recordings.

Sanjay Dhebar – Instructor of Marketing
Kate Ellis – Instructor of Marketing
Dr. Wissam al-Hussaini – Instructor of Strategy
Tom Medcof – Instructor of Organization Studies
Ashley Konson – Instructor of Marketing

Student Engagement Using Whiteboards and Polls

Sanjay Dhebar | April 15, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

Sanjay Dhebar’s presentation demonstrates how to use the Zoom Whiteboard and Polls features to capture and maintain student engagement.

Pre-Recorded PowerPoint and Break-Out Rooms

Kate Ellis | April 16, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

Kate Ellis shares her tips for using pre-recorded Powerpoint presentations and the Zoom Break-Out Rooms feature to not only deliver her lecture content but also to share an agenda and discussion points with the class in advance of the class session. She finds these tricks help ensure students are prepared and ready to engage with the material and one another.

“Success is in the preparation! Post in advance of class – prepare break-out rooms and topics – communicate early and a lot!” – Kate Ellis

Keeping Zoom Lectures Lively and Managing Online Student Presentations

Wissam Al-Hussaini | April 17, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

Some realities of online teaching: attention spans are short, visuals are everything, efficiency is key. Wissam Al-Husseini shares his tips on how to maintain student attention, minimize distractions and how to manage student presentations using available Zoom interaction features.

“Use Everything at your Disposal! Chat – Screen Sharing – Videos – Raise Hands – Polls – Whiteboard – Reactions – Break-Out Rooms.” – Wissam Al-Hussaini

Initial/Recurring Meeting Set-up and Applying Break-out Room Features

Wissam Al-Hussaini | April 28, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

Wissam demonstrates some of his best practices in preparing for teaching online. He highlights the importance of establishing the security of your session, setting the various meeting options in Zoom (including security, ‘mute before entry’, ‘waiting room’, etc.), creating polls and break-out rooms in advance, and most importantly, doing a ‘test drive’ of the features before use during class.

“There is one simple rule – the more you do now, the less you need to do later on.” – Wissam Al-Hussaini

Preparing Your “Home Studio” to Present Effectively and Professionally

Tom Medcof | April 29, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

In this session, Tom Medcof shares some very useful information on the importance of presenting yourself in a professional manner online and how to set up your own home studio. He also shares a suggested list of supplies and tips on how to best incorporate them.

“The way we convey information has a tremendous impact on our society in general, but also on how we think about things. The Medium is the Message (Marshall McLuhan).” – Tom Medcof

Using Zoom to Your Advantage

Sanjay Dhebar | April 30, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

Sanjay Dhebar discusses how he manages class discussions and how to facilitate more active engagement, as well as how to use Zoom features such as chat transcripts, video recordings and polling to monitor participation.

“Set realistic goals and decide what matters. It’s all about the students.” – Sanjay Dhebar

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Delivery: When, Why and How?

Ashley Konson | May 1, 2020 | View Zoom Recording

Ashley Konson shares his experiences in the design and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous material while ensuring that the students’ learning objectives are being met.

“The goal must be to deliver the most enriching learning experience given the constraints. Experiment, experiment, experiment!” – Ashley Konson