We discuss what skills and resources learners should already have a handle on before beginning the course.
- [Instructor] This is a concept course, and while we'll be using specific tools to demonstrate, we're going to do our best to keep the skills and information transferable. So you can take what you've learned and apply it to your own virtual classroom. For most of the videos, we've chosen Google Hangouts as our demonstration platform. Now I wouldn't say Hangouts is the most powerful online teaching tool available. However, we wanted to use a tool that any teacher would have access to and easily be able to get up and running.
Google Hangouts is free, available to anyone, and it's very simple and intuitive to use. So even if your institution does not subscribe to an online collaborative platform, like Adobe Connect or Blackboard Collaborate, you can jump right in and begin teaching online today. If you have a Gmail account, you have a Google Hangouts account. Just head over to hangouts.google.com to get started. If you don't yet have a Gmail account, you can get a free one on the same URL.
Now in a few cases, we've chosen to share a concept using Connect instead of Hangouts. It just worked out a lot better for demonstration purposes. However, for each of these videos, we'll show you how to make it work with Hangouts as well. As you've probably noticed, Google is constantly updating and changing the look, feel, and functionality of their tools. In fact, they made a significant shift in Hangouts right in the middle of our recording session. So we had to make some adjustments and roll with the changes.
If things have changed between the time we're recording this and the time you're viewing, you might have to make some shifts as well. However, the online teaching concepts should hold. Regardless of your platform, we hope you'll enjoy the course and walk away with new skills and ideas that you can use in your own virtual classroom.
- Setting up for recording
- Chatting with learners
- Sharing your screen
- Sharing files and video
- Integrating an LMS
- Flipping your virtual classroom
- Engaging viewers
- Assessing learning