In an online lecture the educator communicates course content (using a whiteboard, PowerPoint presentation or similar) to students in an online setting instead of an auditorium. There are various ways of actively involving the students during the online lectures, for example, by using Mentimeter, Padlet and similar technologies that support students' understanding of the content.
You can activate students during your lecture to engage them in the content and to create variation in the lecture. By doing this, you can support active listening and hence help students remember and make meaning out of the presented content. Below a few suggestions for supporting students’ active listening.
You can share inspiration for notetaking from AU Studypedia with your students.
Video lectures can be a great way to supplement your (online) lectures and to support student preparation. However, be aware of the attention span for watching video lectures. Research suggests that viewers have a short attention span when watching web-based educational videos and that the ideal duration is no longer than 6–12 minutes. The following suggestions can be helpful in creating educational video lectures:
One of the main challenges in (online) lectures is presenting too much content because this will significantly reduce what students take away from your lecture. To avoid this, consider reducing your presented content and asking students to read and work with selected sections of your textbook or similar asynchronously. In addition, support this independent study work by:
Video meetings limit your physical teaching options as you cannot use the entire room but only the space shown by the camera. Consider how you as a teacher appear on screen and use the necessary pedagogical instruments to make up for the lack of physical presence and movement. Consider your body language, for instance, and your facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice.
Test the connections before the video chat or online teaching situation begins.
Good advice for better online meetings: