Hyflex | ˈhīˌfleks |
Adj. class held in real-time in which some of a faculty member's students are online and some of them are physically present with the faculty member.
If your plan is to teach a class that is completely synchronous with some students in the room with you and others joining remotely, then these instructions will guide you step-by-step on using the classroom technology for that purpose. Please approach these technical instructions by knowing what you do/don’t want to do pedagogically in your class session(s).
Feel free to skip sections that don't apply to you.
Step 1: Pre-class checklist
Get ready for a class session!
Step 2: Preparing and using digital content with your class
Learn how to prepare content like files, Powerpoint presentations, audio and video content so it's loaded and ready to go for using in your class.
Step 3: Connect your laptop
If you have a laptop, otherwise use the computer in the classroom (most classrooms have one. If it does not, and you do not have a laptop, please contact us.)
Step 4: Zoom settings
Unlike Zooming from your home or office, there are a few extra configurations you'll need to make so your online students can see, hear, and interact with you and your in-person students.
Step 5: Using the AViPAS (PTZ) camera (aka "Cyt-Fx4" in Zoom)
This camera is a very high resolution camera capable of capturing all the finer visual details of your classroom (e.g. whiteboard writing).
Step 6: Using the Meeting OWL camera
The Meeting OWL camera features a near-360 degree view of your classroom, and has the built-in ability to automatically zoom in on whoever is speaking, making it especially helpful to online students during in-class discussions.
Step 7: Using a document camera (AVer)
A document camera is great for showing your students physical objects, like books, specimens, and more. Some classrooms have document cameras, many do not. If you need a document camera, please contact us.
Step 8: Switching between camera shots
If you are using more than one camera in class, you will likely need to switch between cameras. Here's how.
Step 9: Using the projector
Most classrooms have a projector, though a few have a wall-mounted display.
Step 10: Using the wall-mounted display (alternative to projector)
A small number of classrooms have wall mounted displays instead of projectors.
Step 11: Using the secondary monitor (Acer)
If you've ever used or seen other people using more than one monitor with their computer, this is the same idea. Most classrooms now have a secondary monitor to help you, in conjunction with your primary display, projector, an/or wall-mounted display.
Step 12: Audio speakers (for everything but your voice)
You would think this would mean how to turn on some speakers mounted on the wall. Surprisingly this is not so! Instead, you'll be using the Meeting OWL.
→ Reality check: What are your online students actually seeing and hearing?
Now that you have set up all the the technology in previous steps, it's helpful to know what you are actually "broadcasting" to online students.
Step 13: Amplifying your voice (optional)
Some larger classrooms come equipped with small PA systems, made to help masked faculty to be heard by students physically present in the classroom. If your classroom doesn't have this feature and your would like it, please contact us.
Step 14: Post-class checklist
You're done... almost. This checklist will help you, your students, and the Whitman community.