An external speaker, e.g. a researcher colleague, can provide new input for the teaching. By holding the presentation online and open for anyone interested, it is possible to be more flexible with time and resources.
International collaboration might initially sound like an expensive affair, but a relatively easy and economically sound solution is to invite a good researcher colleague to do an online presentation. This also gives the students a chance to put a face on the author and to take part in a relevant discussion with a first-rate academic speaker through a flexible solution. Zoom can normally host 500 people, so this is a great opportunity to extend the invitation to other classes or even the entire year group.
Before the presentation
The programme before the presentation was as follows:
Introduction (10 min.)
Academic presentation (45 min.)
Comments from researcher (10 min.)
Audience questions (20 min.)
Wrap-up (10 min.)
After the presentation:
|A recording is downloaded locally by users that pressed the record button (it might take a while before the file is downloaded).
RESSOURCES FOR STUDENTS
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
A webinar like this supports the student’s identification with the course. This is a rich opportunity to bring a first-rate researcher into the class, if only for a short while, who functions as the face of a theory or an entry point into the literature to make it more accessible.
In addition, this is a chance to show off the international aspect of a subject area and its global connections.
It is a good idea to consider several technical elements that were discussed during a coordination meeting before the start of the Anthusia course:
Will the presentation be recorded? If so, you might need permission from all participants in order to distribute it.
Where should the participating audience be able to ask questions and comment?
How long is the presentation and which breaks are included?
The external speaker might want to answer questions asynchronously after the presentation, or respond to assignments or something similar from groups depending on the form of collaboration.
On a smaller scale, a normal Zoom meeting room is able to host up to 500 participants. You can use the Zoom chat for questions or external tools like Padlet or Mentimeter to ask questions or write comments. The local teacher can choose to use the chat function actively by commenting on the presentation, answer straightforward questions or refer to relevant links and texts from previous classes that relate to the speaker’s presentation.
Consider which researcher colleagues or experts could be relevant to contact to test this format.
Are there any linguistic barriers worth considering before the presentation?
Consider whether you’re able to return the favour.
|Faculty and department
|Level of study
|PhD Summer School for Anthropology (ANTHUSIA)
|Number of students
|16 PhD students (in DK) – 200 other students and other participants in the course
|Lecture, conference format, summer school