3.2. Dual-Mode: Accommodating Remote Students

You will likely have, for some or all of the semester, at least some remote students in your course. While Notre Dame is outfitting many classrooms with equipment to facilitate this, it will add an additional factor for the instructor to manage in the classroom. To be ready to make the most of the new dual-mode technology and to see what this looks like, we suggest that you attend a demonstration and, if possible, try a dry run with the equipment in your classroom ahead of time. With practice, planning, and well chosen strategies and tools, it will be possible to engage both the remote and in-person students in your courses.

You will need to be intentional about engaging remote students during dual-mode classes. In addition to the active learning elements described above, there are several ways that you can engage and empower those students throughout a class session:

  • Make sure you can see the monitor with the gallery of remote students. This will make it possible for you to notice if someone is motioning to get your attention
  • Glance at the participants panel regularly to see if a remote students has clicked the “raise hand” button
  • If you are using zoom chat as a backchannel, check the chat box regularly to see if anyone has posted a question.
  • Some classes will have Classroom Assistants (CAs) or TAs who will help with the above tasks.
  • Pay attention to which thing you are sharing to the Zoom audience
    • This includes selecting the proper source. Do you want them to see a shared presentation or web site, the document camera, another connected device, or the view from the camera in the back of the room?
    • When sharing your screen, be sure to select “Share computer audio” if you want remote students to hear the sound associated with a video or audio file you are playing.
    • For the camera, be sure to select the best camera shot for the situation
      • Close up to focus on the writing surface and the front of the room
      • Medium to include the writing surface and lectern
      • Wide to get an overall sense of the room
  • Actively engage the remote students by calling on them when appropriate, ensuring they are broken into groups or paired with an in-class student for group activities, etc.
  • Empower the remote student to initiate engagement by 
    • using zoom chat
      • If this is too overwhelming for you and you don’t have a CA or TA, consider having students serve a rotating “zoom chat liaison” role.
    • raising their hand on screen or in the participants window
      • With a large class, the participants’ window has the advantage that a student who raises their hand is brought to the top of the list.
      • If multiple students raise their hand, a queue is formed in the order that the hands were raised.
      • unmuting and saying “Professor?” or something similar to engage in discussion or ask a question.

For an overview of technologies for dual-mode, see this Knowledge Base article