Tips for distance education
Here we gather useful tips and tools for everyone who are working with instructions conducted remotly.
We recommend that you as a teacher start your lectures by reminding your students of the recommendations that apply in order to minimise the spread of the novel coronavirus. To help you with this, a PowerPoint slide has been produced that you can download and add to your own PowerPoint presentation.
(The PowerPoint consists of a headline with the text "Together, we have to take responsibility to minimise the spread of the novel coronavirus" and then a brief text about the recommendations)
There are different background images, specific to the University of Borås, that you can use in Zoom. Download the images from the webpage Tips if working from home.
The built-in camera and audio function in the university's laptops are of very good quality, but it can be important to look over your computer equipment so that it is not too old.
You can, without organising a requisition, pick up the below equipment from the IT Office's Service Desk on level B3:
- Headset, wired - standard (Jabra Evolve 20 MS stereo)
- Headset, wired (Sennheiser SC665)
- Speakerphone (Jabra 510)
- Network cable
Speakerphone or headset - some thoughts and advice
When is the speakerphone used (for example Jabra 510)?
If you are the only person in the room and can close your door, we recommend a speakerphone. The built-in equipment (especially the microphone) is usually not very good when it comes to both being heard and hearing well; therefore, a speakerphone is a good solution. That way, you also avoid wearing headphones and can relax in a completely different way.
When are headsets used (for example Sennheiser SC665, Jabra evolve)?
Headsets should be used if you cannot sit undisturbed, whether you are at home or in the office. If you just need to occasionally attend meetings or if you only, or for the most part, are listening, then we recommend Jabra evolve.
If you are sitting in a noisy environment, or have people coming and going, we recommend a headset with a noise-reducing function and a directional microphone to greatly reduce the impact of background noise on the meeting. In this situation, we recommend the SC665 so that you can still hear and be heard well.
Book an appointment for delivery by sending an email to email@example.com or calling 033-435 46 90. We can also send equipment via internal mail if it suits you better. There is a great demand for cameras and headsets right now but we are doing our best to ensure that we have these products available.
See recommendations below. If you still need extra lighting, the Campus Facilities and Sustainability Office has offered a loan of a desk lamp; book an appointment for delivery by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 033-435 46 90
If this does not cover your needs, we can order a light panel of 20W LED with a stand for a cost of about SEK 1100; for this, a requisition is required. The estimated delivery time is one week.
Products such as a tablet and document camera must be ordered, in the same way as other peripherals, via the IT Office's Service Desk. A requisition is required.
There are a few things to consider that can improve remote teaching.
- If you have poor coverage/speed on your WiFi, it may help to use a fixed network cable; you can get such a network cable at the IT Office Service Desk.
- Think about the lighting in the room; there should be plenty of light and avoid being backlit.
- Choose a good background in Zoom; there are several HB-specific backgrounds to download under the heading "Background in Zoom" on this web page.
- If there are several teachers present in the Zoom room, it is a good idea for all the teachers to have the same background.
Teachers who need access to digital tools and support that are not fully organised today can contact the Edu Tech project team during the project: email@example.com
Project Leader - Anna Einerskog
Media Producer – Christian Eriksson
AV Coordinator - Mikael Lövgren
Systems Expert – Christian Mohr
Online learning - Anna Thorén
Tips and advice for distance learning
In the acitivity "HB Personal" in PING PONG you can find information, tips and advice about the use of PING PONG. All employees have access to this activity, the information is mostly in Swedish.
In this acitivity you can also find links to another acitivity about distance learning that PUF has created. Most information there is in Swedish but it is also possible to communicate in English if you need, there are already a few manuals in English in the document section.
Network for flexible learning
The university has a network for flexible learning. The aim of this network is to contribute both to individual competence development and to developing common approaches and strategies, which increases the quality of distance education/distance learning. Read more about the network and how you can participate.
A national Facebook-group
A national network for IT in higher education has started the Facebook-group "Digital omställning i högre utbildning NU" where all lecturers can find useful information (mostly in Swedish). Go to the Facebook-group
Resources from SVERD
SVERD, the Swedish National Organization for Distance Education, has created a website where national and international resources are gathered to facilitate the transition to distance education.
HB Play is a service to handle and record videos, for example lectures.
Zoom is the system for distance learning and video conference. Quick Reference Guide - information and instructions (pdf)
If you, after you've read the instructions and watched the movies, still have questions, please contact Ramon Garrote so you can make an appointment to meet through a room in Zoom called ZOOM UTBILDNING-SUPPORT. Contact information to Ramon Garrote.
You can log on to ZOOM without using the ZOOM client.
Sign in to ZOOM to:
- "Join" (Connect to a meeting in progress)
- "Host" (Start a meeting)
- "Sign in" (Configure your account)