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Interactive Video Best Practices

  • Make regular eye contact with the camera.
  • Remember that learning takes place at remote sites as well as the originating site.
  • Make yourself available to students at remote sites via email, voice mail, or cell phone.
  • Allow sufficient time for students at remote sites to copy all material before moving on to the next page or slide.
  • Repeat questions asked by students at the originating site so that students at remote sites can hear and be involved in the class discussion.
  • Utilize strengths of the system such as prepared charts, graphics, photos, videos, and computer presentations.
  • Do not use chalkboards or dry erase boards.
  • Use document camera. 
  • Use large fonts (36 pt.) on charts and diagrams so that the material can be easily seen.
  • Know what is actually visible to the students at remote sites.
  • Show students what you are saying by using visuals.
  • Involve students at remote sites in class activities.
  • Use handouts or study guides that relate to a presentation to facilitate note-taking for students.
  • Never use red when transmitting on television.
  • Use concise and legible information graphics. 
  • Use charts instead of tables.
  • Use horizontal or landscape visuals to optimize the use of space.
  • Schedule time for questions and answers.
  • Wear medium shades such as soft pastels or beiges.
  • Do not wear jewelry that will interfere with the lapel microphone.