Tip #1: Watch Your Own Lectures
A great resource for improving your presentation skills is your own lecture recordings. Spend some time watching these to see and hear what the students see: your pace, your style of presentation, your Powerpoint slides.
Don't be too harsh on yourself (few people enjoy watching and listening to themselves), but you may learn some things about how you present that you may wish to improve on.
To view your own videos,
- Go to portal, and log in with your UTORid and password.
- In the list of MyCourses, click on the course you are teaching.
- In the left menu, click on Lecture Recordings or Recorded Lectures.
- Click on a week to view a list of the recordings for that week, and then click on a lecture to view it.
Can't remember your UTORid? Email firstname.lastname@example.org from your utoronto email address.
Tip #2: Remember--There Are Students In Two Sites
It may seem simple enough, but it's surprising how easy it is to forget that there are students who are not in the room with you when you become engaged in teaching. Some Dos & Don'ts:
- Don't walk up the aisles during the class--you'll be out of camera range and the far site will lose sight of you.
- Do ask for shows of hands, but remember to look at and comment on the show of hands at the far site as well as the local site.
- Don't answer questions of students who have not used their microphones; ask them to repeat the question using their microphone so that the far site can also hear it.
- Do play classroom games, but think in advance how to adapt them for the multiple-site environment. If you give out rewards, for example, enlist a student to give these out at the far site.
- Do use the lapel microphone so that all students can hear you, even when you walk away from the podium.