Tips for a live/synchronous lecture

A live broadcast can be done in two ways: using Panopto, which only allows students to interact with the instructor using chat, or with Zoom, which also enables students to have voice communication with the instructor (this option is more complicated to manage effectively).

If you can conduct the interaction with students via a chat channel (with the generous help of a teaching assistant, especially if it is class with more than 10-20 students), then the preferred option is Panopto.

If it is necessary to hear the students’ questions, then Zoom is the preferred technology. But if you use Zoom to speak with students, you should set down clear rules that allow for cultured discussion that does not lead to cacophony.

Live broadcasts of your classes must be done on the day and time scheduled for your course, to maintain the course framework. However, you cannot rely on this method of instruction exclusively, and you should combine it with other elements uploaded to the course page on Moodle.

You should devote the synchronous lessons to the elements of your teaching that you cannot transmit in any other way, as well as to ask the students questions and answer their questions.

The main technological means at our disposal is the Zoom software.  You can read a training on this software here (Alternatively, you can also use Panopto).


Important tips:

  • You must check the system about fifteen minutes before each lesson!

  • All live transmissions (on Zoom and Panopto) will be recorded automatically and will be saved in Panopto

  • Instruct the students to connect at least 5 minutes before class starts.

  • Familiarize yourself with the option in Zoom to mute the students’ microphones – this is essential to eliminate background noise

If you want to use the chat option, coordinate assistance from a teaching assistant, who will join the class and be responsible for reading the chat questions and transmitting them to you.


Important: Plan a lesson that is shorter than usual. Embed in advance points at which you will stop the lesson for the purpose of interacting with the students.