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When lecturing remotely, you have two main options for delivering your content—synchronous or asynchronous. Synchronous lectures happen in real time, with students and instructors meeting online and interacting in real time. Asynchronous lectures can be accessed by students without real-time interaction with instructors, as the content is captured in advance and released as needed. It is also possible to blend both these methods into a hybrid model, but each approach will have some distinctly different features. 


Features of Synchronous and Asynchronous Lectures 

Features Synchronous Asynchronous
Minimal Preparation Required yes. no.
Immediate Feedback Available yes. no.
Pause for Questions/Clarifications yes. no.
Sense of Community yes. somewhat.
Collaboration and Interactivity yes. somewhat.
Reflective Feedback no. yes.
Flexibility and Convenience no. yes.
Self-Directed Pace no. yes.
Reusable no. yes.

Table Key: yes. = yes,  somewhat. = somewhat,  no. = no 

Regardless of the method you choose, you are likely to consider some common items to prepare for your remote lecturing, such as including audio and video elements, creating and organizing your content, and how to best engage with your students using your selected format.

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Taking Your Lectures Online 

For many instructors, the creation of video lectures will feel natural, and in some cases simply recording the same lecture material may be a good choice. The University does have several options that will allow you to capture your lectures in either synchronous or asynchronous formats. 

Options for Capturing Lectures

Features Virtual Classroom Zoom Pro WebEx Events Microsoft Teams
Max Live Participants 150 300 1000 250
Capture/Record Lectures yes. yes. yes. yes.
Share a Presentation yes. yes. yes. yes.
Annotate Presentation yes. yes. no. no.
Share/Stream Video Content yes. yes. yes. yes.
Whiteboard yes. yes. no. yes.
Public Chat yes. yes. yes. yes.
Breakout Room 6 50 0 0
Invite External Participants yes. yes. yes. yes.
CourseLink Integration yes. yes. no. no.
Supported by OpenEd OpenEd CCS CCS

Table Key: yes. = yes,  no. = no

Although capturing yourself lecturing does humanize your course while teaching remotely, it's not the only option. There are several off-camera methods that can be used to capture your content.  

  • Use point-of-view videos to demonstrate anything from solving equations to lab techniques.
  • Record a compelling narrative by layering it with stock audio and video.
  • Add voice-over to PowerPoint using some of the more advanced transitions to create a dynamic presentation.
  • Use screen recording to capture your workflow in an application or an interactive online tool. 

Regardless of which method you choose, the most effective content will always be about the storytelling. This isn’t very different than preparing for your in-class lecture where you research, outline, script and then create the content.

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Studio in a Box 

With teaching remotely being the new reality, the majority of instructors will need to be able and create and capture their lecture content from home; but what’s required to do this? The following resources will provide some options for simple and sustainable videos, options to make your video more impactful, and for the truly adventurous, options that go above and beyond. 

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