Online Teaching

Current advice is to use the Zoom Video conference service (see below) for online teaching unless you are already using another technology (e.g Echo 360, Camtasia, Teams, etc) which you should continue to use

Online classes and seminars/meetings

Classes and seminars/meeting

Using Zoom

An alternative to live lectures and meetings is Zoom.which is a secure, easy platform for video and audio conferencing, messaging, and webinars across mobile and desktop/laptop. We advise staff to use a USB headset to ensure clarity of audio (other headphones and microphones can work well too, but should be tested out first).

  • A link to a Zoom meeting can be shared with a cohort so everyone can access it or with colleagues to create a meeting.
  • There is a Zoom cloud app (via App Store or Google Play) that enables access from mobile devices.
  • Zoom offers screen sharing, enabling staff and students to share a document or website to collaborate on or deliver a talk.
  • There is a function for text chat so that students can tune in with audio only (therefore do not require a microphone).
  • Sessions can also be recorded (we recommend recording to the Cloud) and shared with others later.
  • Participants can also dial in via the phone numbers to receive the audio version.
  • Zoom adapts to different internet capacities therefore it a flexible tool for working anywhere.
  • Zoom can be used with up to 500 participants for each session. It is also possible to have break-out groups.

 Teach online using Zoom

 Online meetings and seminars using Zoom


Pre-recorded lectures

Pre-recorded lectures are an alternative to live lectures. Record a video as a way of delivering teaching to students.  You can record videos with Zoom (help-guides below).

  • create videos in small chunks (for example 10-15 minutes long) and sharing them with students.
  • use a USB headset for clarity of the audio.
  • undertake a test of Zoom before embarking on recording teaching materials. 
    • listen back to it before proceeding. 

To record a video in Zoom, set up a session, click the record button (record to the cloud) then share the screen, talk through the materials (for example a PowerPoint) then stop the recording. Zoom will then send an email with a link to share from the recording. For accessibility, it is also possible to share a transcript of the audio (this can be edited in Zoom). It is also possible to record videos with other tools such as Echo 360, Camtasia and Stream (available via Office 365). 

Teach online using Zoom

Add a Zoom recording to Moodle (mp4)


How to Moodle -Teaching & Assessment support

The Glasgow Anywhere: Teaching & Assessment section in the How To Moodle course is a constantly evolving resource with detailed guides on how to:

  • Create content and produce online learning materials such as videos
  • Run online sessions e.g. seminars, tutorials, and supervisions
  • Explore assessment alternatives
  • Use Moodle for online assessment
  • Use Moodle and Turnitin to submit and mark assignments online
  • Use Moodle to communicate with (large groups of) students

How to Moodle -Teaching & Assessment support


Alternative platforms

  • Microsoft Teams for Education - Built-in Office apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Forms, Stream Video, Whiteboard and more. Ability to add in external apps.
  • Echo360 - Create, Publish and Edit desktop capture recording using Echo360s Universal Capture solution. Can be used with the Moodle Plug-in to add recordings to Moodle

See also