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Top tips for preparing and presenting phase I lectures

This help page provides  guidance on:

  • preparing and presenting lectures at HYMS
  • using the video link
  • ensuring that your presentation slides work well, both during the lecture and when viewed in the lecture recording

As a Phase I (Years 1 and 2) lecturer at HYMS you will deliver your lecture via a video link. You will give your lecture from either the Hull or the York lecture theatre. Half the students will be in the lecture theatre with you and the other half will be watching via video link from the lecture theatre on the opposite site. Using the video link  can be challenging for you as a lecturer and so we have produced some Top Tips to help you maximise the student learning experience.

You will find that there are paid Student Helpers (Video Link Assistants) on both the Hull and York sites who will switch on the equipment to ensure that both sites are connected. There is a Peer Observation programme for Phase I Lecturers and every lecturer is expected to have had a peer observation by the end of the 2015 2016 academic year.

Please contact the Phase I Programme Assistant (Alison.Woods@hyms.ac.uk, 01904 321787) if you are unsure how to arrange a peer observation.

Please see the the below guidance by clicking on the relevant title:

Preparing your slides

  • When presenting in the lecture theatre we recommend a usual minimum font size of 24 points where possible. 20 point text can be used for label or small section
    of explanatory text
  • Remember not to make your slides too busy to ensure that the students can see them clearly
  • Please use the HYMS PowerPoint presentation template for your slides. Please avoid a coloured background as it is both less easy to see and very costly for students when they print out their slides to annotate during your lecture
  • Please ensure that your slides are forwarded to the Phase I administrative team no less than one week before your lecture so that your slides can be uploaded to Blackboard for the students to print off before the lecture

It is important to remember that half your audience are experiencing your presentation remotely “on screen” and that audiences react and engage differently to this compared to a “live” presentation. The following tips and suggestions are to help you in the tricky task of engaging the “remote”, as well as the “local” audience:

  • Microphone – make sure it is on and working. If you like to move about then use the radio microphone (on a lanyard). Make contact with the remote end to confirm that they can see and hear you – ask them to wave and use the direct phone to the video link assistant at the other site if you need to
  • Students at the remote end are only able to view the lectern area. If you like to move around to ensure the whole audience is engaged, don’t forget that you may go “off screen” to students at the remote end so must ensure that you keep them engaged as well as the students in the lecture theatre with you
  • The video link has a ‘Question and Answer’ facility for asking and answering questions of and from students at both sites. The Video Link Assistants can show you how to use this – and it is not complicated (try it out before you start your lecture if you are unsure!)
  • If you want to encourage students to ask questions during the lecture, be sure to let them know how they should signal
  • If you want to interact with your audience make sure you involve both audiences. People are used to being passive when watching a screen, so extra effort is required to engage the remote audience
  • Ask questions and wait until you receive a response (can be awkward, but worth persevering)
  • Try asking a different question to students on each site
  • Engage students by name if possible
  • Repeat questions asked to ensure that everyone heard the question that you are answering
  • Whatever engagement techniques you usually use, try to extend them over the video link to involve the remote audience as well as the local one
  • An alternative to an immediate question and answer session is to make yourself available for a set time to answer questions on the block discussion board on Blackboard

Lecture capture

  • Remember that all Phase I lectures are captured for students to also view later. Recorded lecture content is a highly valued learning resource for students. Recorded content is watched hundreds of times by students for learning and revision purposes and will be made available to students via Blackboard.
  • Please ensure that you start your lecture promptly and finish on time. If you overrun in your lecture it may well not be captured and you may also impact on the capture of the following lecture.
  • Whilst we wouldn’t ask you to change your lecture for the capture audience, it is worth bearing in mind that interaction with a recorded lecture is different to its live performance. Students can rewind, review, pause, look up information and use your lecture alongside other resources
  • Captured lectures give significant benefits to those with note taking issues or from non-English speaking backgrounds.
Updated on 07/09/2019

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