Web Broadcast Delivery Mode
A web broadcast course is taught synchronously through a web conferencing platform. USU's supported platform is Zoom.
10 Tips for Success
- Practice before you teach.
Run a session with colleagues, friends, family, or anyone else you can find from the location you will teach from.
- Ensure a professional setup.
Make sure you are teaching from a location with good bandwidth. Have a quality and well positioned microphone. Ensure a low-noise environment. Position your camera as close to eye level as possible in a way that promotes continual eye contact. Use good lighting and an appropriate background. Dress professionally.
- Schedule your class meetings in Canvas and invite your students.
Encourage students to obtain and test their equipment in advance. https://usu-edu.zoom.us/test
- Join each class a bit early--especially your first.
Leave time for mic and camera checks, etc. Some students arrive early, as well.
- Set aside time on Day 1 to orient students to the format.
Make sure students' microphones and camera are working. Direct students how to ask and respond to questions. Encourage microphone muting when not speaking. Encourage professional appearance. Run some practice activities if needed. If practical, give students a chance to talk or chat to become comfortable with the environment.
- Use the interactive features frequently.
Keep students participating by asking a lot of questions, using polls, breakout rooms, and chat.
- Make a plan for each class.
Share your agenda at the start of class and even ahead of time so that students know what to expect.
- Embrace pauses and silence.
Students will need extra time to answer your questions verbally or via chat, access links or files, and read. Give extra time. As with F2F teaching, giving students time to reflect is a valuable teaching strategy.
- Watch the chat closely.
Consider co-opting a student or TA to monitor chat. Read and respond to chat questions aloud.
- Act relaxed and confident
Remember that delays, mistakes, and troubleshooting can be learning experiences and time for students to reflect. If a problem arises and some initial troubleshooting doesn't work, move on and check with CIDI afterward for help, if needed.
Students are expected to participate from a distance at scheduled classtimes. They will provide their own computer or mobile device and network access. A web camera and microphone are highly recommended but not necessary. Students without microphones can dial into a Zoom meeting from their phones. Zoom can also be accessed entirely from a smartphone using the Zoom mobile app for iOS or Android. There are also ways to use a smart phone as a webcam.
If students struggle with connecting to a Zoom class, they can contact the IT Service Desk for support.
Synchronous course days and times will be listed in Banner at the point of registration. Courses will have section codes of “B”, and the instructional method will be listed as Web Broadcast.
For a full list of upcoming CIDI workshops on Web Broadcasting and other topics, see the list of CIDI Workshops.