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Easy tools for off-campus and online teaching

To facilitate off-campus teaching and learning activities during this period of in-person class suspension due to the coronavirus emergency, the InfoSapienza ICT Area selected a few easy technological solutions for professors and students. These tools will help them manage and deliver digital contents remotely

Instructions for professors

Professors will be able to create and manage educational contents autonomously. Potential different solutions are allowed as long as they are compliant with the minimum safety measures required by Sapienza.

The suggested proposals – based on educational aims and targets - are also available in the "Handbook" on this page and they have been already mailed to all the professors. In short:

  1. How to create a virtual class, share teaching material and directly communicate with students (chat/forum):

    • Classroom: free online app, available on Suite Google Educational. Access through the university email address.

    • Moodle. Professors can access through the dedicated platform (https://elearning.uniroma1.it/). Prior knowledge of Moodle is warmly suggested.

  2. How to create and deliver an online lessons/webinar:

    • Meet: free online app available on Suite Google Educational. Access through the university email address.

  3. How to create audio/video classes:

    • PowerPoint: a digital tool for off-line audio lessons and online sharing.

    • Open Broadcaster Software: this digital tool helps create videos and videos on streaming defining one or more input source (https://obsproject.com). Prior knowledge of OBS is warmly suggested.

Each solution comes with its instructions. In addition, the InfoSapienza ICT Area is going to organise online informative sessions to help the users.

Professors who are interested in using off-campus teaching activities must publish a message on their “scheda docente” noticeboard in the Course Catalogue. 

(Consult the handbook "Tecnologie di facile utilizzo a supporto della didattica a distanza" (pdf) in Italian)

Instructions for students

Students will find all the instructions provided by each professor on “Scheda docente” in the Course Catalogue, through the online Annuario, entering the professor's name and surname
Annuario 

Please note: all the information about off-site teaching activities will be available on each “scheda docente” once the professor creates the contents and defines the required digital tools.

Shown below (and in the "Handbook" on this page ), you will find the main features of each solution. At the end of the document, you will also find a shortlist of “pros and cons” of each tool.

Professors who are interested in using off-campus teaching activities must publish a message on their “scheda docente” noticeboard in the Course Catalogue. 

(Consult the handbook "Tecnologie di facile utilizzo a supporto della didattica a distanza" (pdf) in Italian)

Classroom

To use Classroom you just need a workspace with internet access. You need to choose a browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari). Classroom supports all the leading browsers.

Moodle

Prior knowledge of Moodle is warmly suggested. To use this platform you just need a workspace with internet access and a relatively recent browser (i.e. Firefox, Chrome, Edge)

Meet

Meet is a video-conference-calling platform also designed for online classes and meeting, which links two or more remote colleagues together for real-time interaction. Accessibility tools, such as automatic subtitles, are included. To better face the COVID-19 emergency, until July 1, 2020, Google provides the schools that use G Suite for Education with some advanced features for Meet. Like, for example, videocalls for up to 250 participants and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive (live streaming).

You can take part in the video conferences through a pc or different devices.

To use Meet you just need a workspace with internet access. You need to choose a browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari). Classroom supports all the leading browsers

Power Point

With this tool, you can create offline audio classes and, at a later time, share it online. You can synchronize audio, slides and animations/pictures. This system also allows recording of the laser pointer's movements. Once the lesson is ready, we suggest you save it in a video format to give access to as many users as possible. To use PowerPoint you need a Windows pc or Mac, Microsoft Office 2013 for basic features or Office 365/Microsoft Office 2019 for advanced features such as visualising the professor's camera in the slides or using the screen as an interactive whiteboard, microphone or webcam.

Please Note: the whole academic community, through our University “Campus” subscription, can have free access to the Microsoft Office 365 suite, updated version. Students and professors can download it into their personal devices

Go to Microsoft Office

 

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