Many factors influence the decision to teach remotely via posting recorded lessons, or live-streaming. Pros and Cons are associated with both, summarized in the figure above.
When initially considering Remote Teaching, a first reaction may be to attempt to replicate the common practice of teaching face-to-face by Live-Streaming your class. Live-Steaming can be done well, however it often requires a significant amount of infrastructure and support. For example, if the chat function is utilized a dedicated member of the teaching team will need to be available to monitor and respond to chat.
If posting recorded content, use a method that allows your face to be shown on the screen. Results of our student survey indicated this was vital, and that voice-over powerpoint slides was not sufficient for connection and engagement.
If Live-Streaming be sure to record the lesson and post it following the live class, ensuring students with internet connectivity issues are able to access the lesson. Additionally, a positive of Remote Teaching was the observation from students that being able to re-watch a recording was very beneficial for learning.
Whether choosing to live-stream or post recorded content, developing lessons aligned with the Outcomes of your course is always paramount.