While not overly technical, there are likely some unfamiliar elements to teaching in this environment. People who've had the opportunity to come in and practise a bit are overwhelmingly glad that they did.
"I went in intimidated by the equipment, but after the short session, I felt empowered to teach in the VC classroom with confidence."
Faculty development on videoconferenced lectures can be delivered in a variety of ways. Course or section directors can organize faculty to attend a session together or individuals can schedule a session at their convenience.
In a group session organized by section directors, lecturers can learn about the program in general, their role and responsibilities, new presentation standards, how to upload presentation files, and tips on how best to lecture to a videoconferenced class. Part of the session will be a hands-on workshop in order that lecturers become familiar with some of the new technology in room, such as the question queue, the Smart Podium, and the switching of the cameras. This session typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes.
If a group session is not available or convenient, individuals who are teaching regularly via videoconference will benefit from a private session, and anyone teaching just a class or two will likely get enough information to conduct their class with a brief, just-in-time training session before the lecture.
Sessions can take place downtown or at UTM.