To ensure a pleasant and professional online classroom experience, consider providing students with internet etiquette ("netiquette") guidelines prior to your first class. It is up to you as the instructor whether you want students to remain muted, enable video, respond using audio, or use the chat function, and this may vary depending on the content of an individual class session. However, there are certain basic guidelines you may want to ask students to follow. Here are some examples of netiquette guidelines from other schools:
You may also want to review A Student's Guide to Best Practices for Online Classrooms. Including the elements you consider most important in your messaging to students will be helpful to them as they navigate this new environment.
There is no "one size fits all" set-up for online teaching - what hardware and tools you choose to employ is entirely personal and should fit your teaching style, technology comfort level, and facilitate your connection to students. However, there are some best practices for video and audio described in this remote teaching resource from Harvard University: Video and Audio Best Practices.
If you are looking for some additional tools to enhance engagement and real-time assessment in online teaching, check out this Northwest Evaluation Association curated list of 75 digital tools and apps to use for assessment.
UDC Law faculty laptops have integrated cameras and microphones, so there is no critical need for any external hardware. For those who are interested in enhancing their technical set-up, here are some reviews and recommendations to consider:
Finally, here are some articles that give tips on looking your best on video calls:
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