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Webinar Best Practices and Online Teaching Tips from the Field


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Presentation given during the 2016 Ohio State University Extension annual conference. Covers information on planning, design, and interactive elements of webinar - as well as experiences and tips from OSU Extension faculty.

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Webinar Best Practices and Online Teaching Tips from the Field

  1. 1. 1 Teaching Online: Webinar Best Practices & Online Teaching Tips from the Field Jamie Seger Morgan Domokos Brian Raison OSU Extension seger.23 | domokos.2 | raison.1
  2. 2. Webinars as Teaching Tools: Best Practices & Recommendations Planning Design Interactive Elements
  3. 3. Planning
  4. 4. Who is your target?
  5. 5. Topics: zoomed in, focused + objectives
  6. 6. Time: webinar = 45 minutes video = 2-5 minutes
  7. 7. Market & Promote: • use channels and methods your audience is using • shared more than 7 days prior = +36%
  8. 8. Design
  9. 9. Show pictures that tell a story and support the key point of each slide.
  10. 10. Copyright and branding are actually important. So… do you think this watermark is allowed to be included on this slide?Here’s an example of an OSU social media cover image featured on the OSU Branding Guidelines website.
  11. 11. NO Always ask, never assume. And ask more than once.
  12. 12. Audio options should be decided upon and tested thoroughly before each webinar.
  13. 13. Do not include animations.
  14. 14. Dividing content into 5-10 minute segments allows participants to refocus their attention… …or stir a pot of spaghetti.
  15. 15. Prepare a Gannt Chart when planning the webinar to use time wisely and make sure you are including enough interactive activities to keep participants engaged.
  16. 16. Interaction
  17. 17. Interact – Within Zoom • Interaction every 5 minutes • Activities – Chat, Google search, Whiteboard, poll, • Split into discussion groups (Zoom meetings) • Have learners do something • Demonstrate – hands-on opportunities after • Add recordings, YouTube videos • Polls • Raise Hand Feature • Chat box question • Q&A Feature • Evaluation: One way I can use what I’ve learned today • Give time to respond • Whiteboard – e.g. make a pros and cons and check something off • Interact with other speakers
  18. 18. Interact – other tools • • Kahoot [] • • Twitter Poll • Qualtrics • Others?
  19. 19. Let’s Try: Zoom Breakout Rooms (small group discussion)
  20. 20. Let’s Try: Online Search (a.k.a. Google Scavenger Hunt) Prompt: Search for “GMO” and put in the chat box the # entry for the first university-produced link in the search results.
  21. 21. Teaching Tips Online for Engagement
  22. 22. 22 Two questions: 1. Have you ever had a deadly boring professor? (torturous monotone lecture, etc.)
  23. 23. 23 Two questions: 1. Have you ever had a deadly boring professor? (torturous monotone lecture, etc.) 2. Is that professor you? Or is it me? I’m asking myself these same questions.
  24. 24. 24 • Distance learning options are growing. • Flipped classrooms provide more in- depth learning opportunities. • MediaSite & other tools are available. Brian’s premise: • Some online lectures are like slow poison… killing our students as we talk. (e.g., filming a “talking head” sitting behind a desk)
  25. 25. 25 1. Go outside. You don’t need fancy cameras, lighting kits, and tri-pods to record a good video lecture (in the field or in a classroom). [You can simply use your laptop.] 2. Whatever you do, STAND UP! Remedy:
  26. 26. 26 Best Ways to Keep Students Awake and Enhance Learning Whether you’re teaching online or in person…
  27. 27. 27Vary your teaching locations
  28. 28. 28Vary your outfits (fit the topic)
  29. 29. 29 Take photos when you’re on tours at conferences, etc. This is so easy… but we don’t always do it! Relating theory to practice is key. Real examples!
  30. 30. 30 Provide a road map to help your students see where you’re going.
  31. 31. 3131Source: Use YouTube and TED talks “People don’t buy what you do. They buy why you do it.” -- Simon Sinek
  32. 32. 32  Share your experiences! • Our stories add great value to classroom instruction. • They make it real. Source: #1 way to improve lectures: Find Teaching Intersections
  33. 33. 33 Homework:  Go online to  Experiment with filming a short trial at your desk.  Learn how it works!  Play around.  Have fun.
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