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Panopto – impact on teaching style

The microphone available in the room may affect your freedom of movement. Some rooms may just have the built-in desk mics, which only pick up your voice if you are right in front of them.

If you like to wander around the front of the room, or if you tend to talk to the board while you write on it, a wireless tie-clip microphone will be needed. This is much more complex to set up, but talking towards the board isn't great teaching practice anyhow so it would be better to stop talking while you write, then turn to face the audience while you explain the diagram or equation.

If you make use of a board to write equations, draw diagrams etc. then you should use the SmartBoard or Sympodiums which also allow you to write directly on the screen.

If a student asks a question you should always repeat it back to them – this is standard good practice even if the lecture is not being recorded. The first reason is to make sure that everyone in the room hears the question – and so that it can be clearly heard on the recording. This repetition can also be really helpful to students who speak English as their second language. The second reason is to make sure that you have understood their question – and also gain a few seconds to think of the best way to answer it.

At a more fundamental level, if you can create a recording in which you deliver ‘the content’, does that mean that you can use your face-to-face time with students in a more interactive way? For example, a recording watched in advance of the lecture could cover the basics of a topic, thus freeing up time for you to answer student questions, set them problems and explore specific details.