|Name||Dr. Julie Byrne – Banking and Finance|
|Module(s)||FIN20010 – Principles of Finance|
|Resource||Recording studio and Lightboard|
|Experience & Impact
|Julie is the module coordinator for Principles of Finance, which runs in trimester 1 of each academic year. The module has an exceptionally large enrolment. In this academic year (AY20/21) approximately 520 students were enrolled but it has been higher in previous years! This can pose several logistical challenges for Julie as Module Coordinator, even in regular face-to-face delivery.
In the move to emergency remote delivery, Julie began strategising on how best to deliver the module to such a large cohort at a distance. Initially she utilised the lecture capture system to live-stream her lecture to students who watched from home. The live stream system did not offer a natural communication exchange between Julie and the students.
After conversations with the Business eLearning team, Julie decided to trial delivering her class by using the Lightboard and recording studio, both of which are located in the Creator Suite in the Moore building. By using the Lightboard, Julie was able to deliver her lecture in Collaborate Ultra, displaying camera and slides. Using the Lightboard in the live session allowed work through problem sets and examples, just as she would in a face-to-face lecture when using the document camera. The additional advantage of the Lightboard is that instructors maintain eye contact with the students as they write on the board. This means that they retain engagement with the students whilst transcribing.
Using the virtual classroom tool in tandem with the Lightboard gave Julie a means to engage with students in the online class. Students had access to the chat function, which was moderated by the module tutor, so they had a mechanism to ask questions and interact in the classroom.
In order to confirm which method of delivery the students preferred Julie surveyed the students at the beginning of the module once they experience both styles of deliveries and asked them to choose which one they preferred. Students overwhelmingly opted for the delivery in the recording studio using the Lightboard and Collaborate Ultra.
Student opinion of this delivery method remained positive for the duration of the module.
|Reflections & Feedback||
Extracts from module feedback with respect to mode of delivery include: