It is important that you engage in online seminars as much as you would in an in-person session. This will help you to get the most out of them. Make sure that you are well-prepared by completing set reading or any other tasks set in advance, and, during the seminar, always try and engage with the materials posted in the chat.
It is likely that you will be asked to contribute and interact throughout your online seminars so be prepared to split off into break-out groups where you will discuss a topic or theme and then feedback to the rest of the group.
You may be reluctant to un-mute your mic and turn on your camera, but doing so will greatly improve your seminar experience and engagement with the topics covered. The more you engage with these sessions the more you will develop your critical thinking & critical engagement skills.
Everyone will have different preferences and your choice of interaction is up to you, but continued participation in online learning sessions will make you feel more comfortable with online communication and can build your confidence and help you find your voice. You can start by simply using the text chat to contribute, but, once you feel more confident, try using video and vocal interaction. The more you do this, the more comfortable you will feel.
If any teaching event is recorded, you do not need to share your camera or audio if you choose not to. Participation is voluntary, but we recommend engaging with the teaching as much as you can to make sure you get the most out of the learning experience. The videos created are made for and shared with your module cohort to benefit your studies.
What students think?
They’re normally a group discussion or an exercise based on what you have found out about a specific topic. Tutors will get you talking but normally let the group steer the discussion – the students taking the lead.
Be ready, willing, and able to contribute to discussions with your group. It can be rewarding to hear other perspectives and concepts, which you may not have thought about otherwise.