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Rhetoric Dept's Guides to Teaching Online

  • Zoom and Video Conferencing Tips: a PowerPoint with tips on lighting, zoom features, location set-up and etiquette by Bree Neyland with ideas from Dorothy Giannakouros.
  • The Speaking Center has created several narrated workshops tailored to specific classes in place of traditional face-to-face workshops. Offerings include:
    Introduction to Public Speaking
    The Perception of the Sciences in America
    Interviewing Skills: How to Tell Your Story
    Interviewing Skills: Audience Engagement and Delivery 
    Interviewing Skills: The Process for Campus Interviews and Tips
    Resumes and Personal Statements
    Poster Presentations
    Communicating your Research to the Public 
    To take a look at some of these, please go to https://bit.ly/355PGNW. The Speaking Center would welcome the opportunity to work with you to tailor workshops to meet your students' needs. Please contact breyan-neyland@uiowa if you would like us to design a workshop for you.
  • Online Teaching Tips, especially for the first few weeks. Great advice from the Megan Knight, Jennifer Janechek, Marge Murray, Ashley Wells, and Center for Teaching.
  • Zoom to UICapture Guide from Robert Peck (robert-h-peck@uiowa.edu).
  • Ashley's To Do List Posted on ICON: ICON organized by Weeks and ICON To Do List for Students.
  • Marge Murray's Speech 1 using a discussion board, including upload to UICapture and insertion from UICapture into the board.During this morning's Zoom chat, I described how my students submitted Speech 1 using a discussion board, including upload to UICapture and insertion from UICapture into the board.  I've attached here a pdf of my assignment for your information.
    In preparation for the assignment, I opened a discussion board where students could ask me questions about how to record in Zoom, how to include the commercial they were analyzing in their Zoom recording, and how to work with UICapture.  I've also attached a screen shot of what I posted on that preparatory discussion board.
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  • Delivering Recorded Presentations by Stephanie Tsank
    https://continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/nas1/de/UICapture_assignment.pdf (How to record via UI Capture) 
    https://continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/nas1/de/UICapture_upload.pdf (How to upload via UI Capture)
    Here's another link specifically geared toward students that comes from OTLT: https://teach.uiowa.edu/UICapture/guides/student/ICON-Assignment
    To record visuals alongside yourself speaking, use UI Capture/Panopto. Similarly, you can use the “Screen Share” feature in Zoom to record a PowerPoint or visual as you deliver your presentation orally. You will appear in a small box in one part of the screen, and your visuals will make up the main display.
    Dress like you would for any in-person presentation. Avoid tank tops, oversized sweatshirts, and other overly informal clothing.
    Speak clearly and slowly. Your tone, pacing, volume, and minimal use of filler words will be even more important when you cannot rely on body language to communicate.
    Avoid placing hand-written notes on your desk in front of you, as you’ll inevitably spend a lot of time looking down, which is distracting.
    Make sure your PowerPoint, visuals, or any text you present is carefully proofread. Your audience will likely focus more on your visuals since they will be front and center, and you don’t want textual errors to diminish your credibility.
    Consider actively interacting with your visuals using your mouse or another method to guide us along, if this is an option. You might think of your mouse as a laser pointer, if that’s something that helps you get information across clearly to an audience.  
    Practice selecting the “record” button and know where it is on your screen. Viewers don’t want to watch you fumble at the end of your speech as you look for how to stop your recording.
    If available, take advantage of your software’s video editor to fix errors or add additional content.  
    Check your work like you would for any assignment. Watch your finished recording more than once to ensure all the necessary components, such as video and audio, have been properly captured.
    Don’t forget that you can reach out to ITS if you have technological issues.  
     

Rhetoric Dept's Online Learning Specialists

If you have questions about teaching online, contact one of the Rhetoric Department's experienced instructors, who have graciously volunteered to help.

 

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