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#26 - Live-stream a lecture with the audience answering questions and giving feedback

  1. Students can be too passive in online lectures.
  2. We know that online viewers tend to disengage after a short time, however, when teaching at a distance the teacher cannot easily monitor the engagement state of the students.
  3. Combine PRS and online lectures to give a greater depth of engagement and co-presence.
Solution overview

You can use this during a live online presentation, or combine a recorded lecture with a live online Q&A session.

The Vevox personal response system may be used with any videoconferencing (e.g. Starleaf, Teams) or live-streaming system (e.g. Echo 360), so long as the presenter's screen can be shown to the participants. The lecturer adds questions and activities to their Powerpoint in Windows (or uses the browser-based interface if they don't want to use Powerpoint or Windows), and creates a unique meeting ID for the participants to join the session using their computers, phones or tablets. This works regardless of where they are. Participants answer questions, and their responses may be shown on the screen of the presenter. Response data may also be saved for later analysis at the end of the session. All of the usual techniques may be used with remote students, including "check students' confidence and competency during a session" and "deepen and strengthen understanding with peer-learning loops" (see the page on in-class teaching for more information). A live feedback channel may also be used.

Watch this demo of using Vevox (browser based version) in a Teams video conference.

  1. Choose a live streaming or video conferencing tool (if more than 250 participants, you will need to use live streaming, contact AV Services for advice).
  2. Follow the link to Vevox in the tools section below for comprehensive guidance and support in using Vevox.
  3. You will need a Vevox account for this. To get a fully licensed account, complete the request form.
  4. You then need to decide if you will embed the questions into PowerPoint using the Vevox add-in (Windows only), or use the browser-based interface. Design your questions so that they give you diagnostic information to check that the students really do understand what they need to understand. Don't over-do the questions, use them sparingly and effectively.
  5. Create your questions in a Vevox meeting, and run them in your session. As the students respond, you all get to see their responses on the main screen, and can respond appropriately.
  6. You can review the student responses after the lecture, to check the group's understanding.