Preparing to teach with VLT

Video linked teaching (VLT) is an effective way to deliver highly engaging, interactive classes between the Manawatu (Turitea) and Albany campuses. The facilities can also be used to link to any ‘standard’ videoconferencing facility to create up to a three location link. VLT rooms are equipped with an impressive array of cameras and display devices, along with flexible seating and tables which offer a huge amount of potential for teaching in a variety of different styles across a video link. The flexible nature of these spaces does however put a large onus on careful curriculum and lesson planning. Before you begin to use VLT, it is advisable to consider the impact on teaching and learning, as well as administration, at programme and paper levels. Contact a teaching consultant from your campus Centre for Teaching and Learning for more information and support.

Programme Planning

 Some questions that you should think about and discuss at a higher, programmatic level:

  • How does VLT fit into broader strategic programme objectives?
  • What are the prime motivators behind the use of VLT: To improve student experience? To reduce travel and/or staffing costs?
  • How will VLT impact on staffing (reduction of contact time, remote teaching, use of tutors as facilitators, etc)
  • Could this potentially have a negative impact on the student experience? How will you mitigate this?
  • What curriculum (re)design input is likely to be required to utilise VLT successfully? Who might assist with this?
  • Do you and/or your colleagues have the necessary skills to teach using VLT? What are professional development requirements likely to be? How will this impact on academic workload?

Course Planning

What VLT looks like at the individual course level, associated planning and curriculum development:

  • Is VLT going to be the main teaching room/environment for your course, or will it be used for targeted classes?
  • What essential skills and knowledge are you looking for students to develop? How could you teach this within the VLT environment? What approaches will be best suited to small group teaching in a highly interactive environment?
  • Consider interaction – teacher > student, student > student, location > location. How can this be used to enhance learning?
  • How does Stream integrate with VLT in your course?
  • How will each class be configured physically? Table layout, seating, cameras used, display positioning/content? Consider from the perspective of each location. Use the VLT planner and drop-in training sessions to determine configurations.
  • Use a planner to to note switches between staff, activities and interactive moments. Include rough timings. Always allow plenty of time for activities and feedback.