During this pandemic period, all the educational institutions, started to deliver services through virtual classroom. In order to render the service of the educational institutions effectively and systematically to the younger generation, some procedures and instructions may be followed.
Let us follow some procedures to make the class interactive and complete.
- Camera Angle: The lecturer shall unmute his/her camera for effective communication. The lecturer shall be viewed clearly and pleasantly to the audience learners, to make the learners feel that they are in a normal classroom learning, and have no hesitation to interact with his knowledge sharer. The audio shall be muted when no conversation is made by the speaker to avoid background noises. Finally personal conversation might be avoided as it will be audible universally
- Dressing: To create a lively feeling in online lecture, the lecturer has to be well dressed even in the muted video mode. This will create an energetic instinct of being alive online. This is also suggested to make the listener comfortable and feel as in normal classroom rather than in a virtual environment.
- (Do not) Eat while you sit: In a webinar, the bad manner is apparent if we consume favourite dishes during lecture. But we shall sip water while lecturing, with the assurances that we have muted your video.
- Use of other Gadgets: This might be avoided to give the best to the listener. The speakers may sit in a calm and comfortable position before presenting his content to the listener. The eye gestures and other activities might be monitored, in order to avoid boredom and lack of interest of the speaker. The priority is to sit properly and conveniently in the virtual mode. Then, actively motivating the listener and speaker to express and grasp the best from the performance of both.
- Ecology Visuals: While delivering the lecture, the lecturer might causally choose the backdrop that is very pleasant to the listener, and to avoid / reveal the speakers personal lifestyle, or kids / family members playing/ working and peeping behind, or the family members doing some kitchen activities.
- Walk the Talk: Sometimes due to the network issues, the speaker / listener might walk around to know from where he can be viewed and audible clearly. Walking around the room along with the gadget, online, might make people around have a glimpse of our surroundings, and this might be avoided. The bandwidth of the network might be checked and updated before speaking / teaching / sharing the knowledge. If bandwidth is a problem, then that need to be explained, else, the speaker / lecturer needs to be visible to the audience. A speaker / lecturer, who is coordinating the sequence of the program has to unmute the video, else, this might be considered to be impolite.
- Silent mode: Mobile phones may be placed in silent mode / switched off, even if the audio / video is muted. Amidst a webinar, eye gestures, connecting to the mobile phone, acts as a distraction, to you as well as a speaker / lecturer, or the listener, whoever, roles are you playing that moment.
- Kinesics: This is again another important one which matters more. Please mind, your body language while speaking / lecturing in a virtual classroom. Yawning, stretching the body, scratching ears, and the list is endless which add on to distraction. So, these might be avoided while sharing the knowledge.
- Backdrop: While delivering the lecture virtually, the speaker / lecturer has to take care of backdrop. The backdrop can be plain wall, or solid colored backdrop, keeping in mind that the lighting of the room. The lighting needs to be from the front, instead behind.
- Terminate Accurately: After completing the session, the speaker / lecturer has to switch off the camera, and this has to be taken care of. We may not have exited from the session, but stopped talking, which might may leave negative impressions on our persona.
The Technical outfit
- Classroom flipping
- Mind mapping
- Instructional Design
- Adaptive learning
Proactive Virtual delivery
- Treating it as physical classroom
- Holding yourself accountable
- Proactive time management
- Creating a regular study space.