All of your online teaching sessions will use a application called Microsoft Teams (unless your tutor states otherwise). Among other features this tool will allow you to communicate with your tutors and peers with video chat, share files, and arrange online meetings.
This will be your main communication method, so it is very important that you have it installed on your computer and you have signed in using your university email and password.
If you are unsure where the links are please contact your tutor.
Now that you have downloaded, installed and signed into Microsoft Teams you are now ready to attend your online teaching sessions. if you need any helpvisit the Virtual Helpdesk for a video chat. Open 10am - 4pm Mon-Fri at other times please email LTU@solent.ac.uk
This video will give you an overview of the platform. This is a generic overview and your tutor may use it in a specific way, which they will outline in there sessions with you
Webinars create a slightly different experience to face-to-face seminars. Set yourself up to get the most out of the webinars your tutors are running.
a quiet space to join the webinar where you can limit interruptions.
Let other people in your home know you are joining a meeting and how
long it will last.
the webinar 5 minutes early to test your audio, mic and camera. Unmute
your mic and say hello to other participants. You may need to make adjustments,
e.g. changing the mic input or the angle of your camera. If other
participants hear an echo, you may need to change your audio input, or
mute your mic for the duration of the webinar.
you are using your phone to connect, turn off notifications from other
apps. If you are using a computer or tablet, put your phone out of reach
and close other tabs and applications to keep you focused.
Controlling your Mic and Camera
When you are not talking, mute your mic. This minimisesbackground
noise. The tutor may mute everybody’s mic to improve audio quality.
Turn on your camera at the beginning to say hello to other participants. Seeing other people helps you to connect with them.
webinar software includes a chat tool. Find and open the chat. The chat
can be helpful for resolving technical issues at the beginning –
particularly if participants can’t hear each other. Your tutor may
encourage you to type questions or comments in the chat as the webinar
progresses instead of asking questions verbally.
Use emojis / reactions to applaud or give a thumbs up to participants. These tools help create connectivity between participants in a webinarand help the speaker judge how listeners are reacting to information.
If there are problems with the connection, try turning off your camera. This will hopefully improve the audio quality. Let your tutor know of any problems persist. Other students may also be experiencing the same issues.