Designing effective lessons for VLT

Before teaching with video-linked facilities, you should ask yourself several questions:

  • How large will the class be in each location?
  • What knowledge or prior learning do students bring to the class?
  • What do students need to know or be able to do as a result of the class?
  • How will I teach it? What methods are suitable for VLT? Length of class?
  • How will I assess student learning and understanding?
  • What potential benefits/issues will VLT bring to your class?

Planning your VLT classes

VLT rooms have been designed to be as flexible as possible in terms of how they can be used for teaching. Seating and tables can be moved freely and teachers are not tied to the lectern - they have the ability to teach from anywhere in the room with a laptop and wireless control panel. Displays and cameras are highly customisable, meaning that almost any part of the room can be made the 'focus' for the class.

This flexibility highlights the importance of careful planning and class design. Use the VLT Planner to visually plan each class and list activities. You should consider:

  • Aim
    What do you, as a teacher, want to achieve through the class?
  • Learning outcomes
    What skills, knowledge or behaviours will students learn from the class?
  • Teaching approaches
    What teaching & learning strategies will you use? Activities? Role of students & teacher?
  • Room setup and planning
    Table/seating configuration? Which cameras and displays will be used, and what will appear on them? Where will you base yourself?
  • Timing/duration of class activities
  • Resources
  • Assessment
    How will you know that learning objectives have been achieved?
  • Evaluation

VLT Planner

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