Proposal Title

1.3 Lectures in the "Live" Age

Presentation Type

Speed Presentation

Location

OM 3612

Start Date

19-2-2018 2:15 PM

End Date

19-2-2018 2:55 PM

Proposal Abstract

Flexibility in lecturing practice is sometimes a necessity for academics who must balance a research and teaching mandate. This becomes more of an issue when important conferences occur outside the summer semester. As professors, attending and presenting at conferences and ensuring undergraduate courses are of a high quality are the two most important aspects of the job. This year, invited talks and collaborative work required that I be off-campus and a lack of expertise within the department to “cover” lectures meant I needed to find a creative solution that provided an excellent educational experience, at a distance to my students. Delivering lectures using a traditional streaming service enables universities and other large businesses to deliver webinars to thousands of users but they often require proprietary software that are costly. Whereas more recently developed “live” streaming methods are now available to just about anyone with an internet connection. Popular options like Facebook Live enable simple broadcasting of captured video from portable devices like mobile phones. To broadcast lecture content, the providing a “Skype” lecture was also considered but the complexities of establishing a group video call with an entire class was logistically difficult thus a YouTube Live streaming option was selected. Using freely available webcasting software Wirecast, Moodle, and a YouTube subscription, I remotely delivered lectures in real-time, to students in human physiology. This seminar will focus on the requirements, opportunities and pitfalls that this method of content delivery offers.

Statement

It might be that this fits under the "inclusivity" theme since it would also ensure that students that can't attend lectures can interact with the class from a distance, if this was used for all lectures.

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1.3 Lectures in the "Live" Age

OM 3612

Flexibility in lecturing practice is sometimes a necessity for academics who must balance a research and teaching mandate. This becomes more of an issue when important conferences occur outside the summer semester. As professors, attending and presenting at conferences and ensuring undergraduate courses are of a high quality are the two most important aspects of the job. This year, invited talks and collaborative work required that I be off-campus and a lack of expertise within the department to “cover” lectures meant I needed to find a creative solution that provided an excellent educational experience, at a distance to my students. Delivering lectures using a traditional streaming service enables universities and other large businesses to deliver webinars to thousands of users but they often require proprietary software that are costly. Whereas more recently developed “live” streaming methods are now available to just about anyone with an internet connection. Popular options like Facebook Live enable simple broadcasting of captured video from portable devices like mobile phones. To broadcast lecture content, the providing a “Skype” lecture was also considered but the complexities of establishing a group video call with an entire class was logistically difficult thus a YouTube Live streaming option was selected. Using freely available webcasting software Wirecast, Moodle, and a YouTube subscription, I remotely delivered lectures in real-time, to students in human physiology. This seminar will focus on the requirements, opportunities and pitfalls that this method of content delivery offers.