Live streaming sweeps Jiangsu universities
A teacher from Nanjing University delivers an online class through live streaming Feb 2. [Photo/nju.edu.cn]
Though schools across Jiangsu province have delayed the start of the new semester to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, university staff members are busy preparing to distance teach by live steaming, Xinhua Daily reported Feb 8.
Tan Wenjuan, a Nanjing University psychology teacher, was the first to try the new teaching mode.
"I was quite anxious when I was informed I had to teach online and had numerous questions in my mind, such as what software to use, is my computer OK, is my Wi-Fi fast enough, how can I organize students, and what shall I do if there are any interruptions," Tan said.
On the day of her first class Feb 1, Tan even went to school three hours early to debug and prepare. She sought help from two computer teachers and her worries were assuaged.
"For the first live class, lower your expectations and control your anxiety," is Tan’s advice to other teachers.
Han Tiantian, an assistant professor at Nantong University, is a veteran of live teaching. She shared her experiences with over 2,000 teachers across the country Feb 6 and advised them to be more interactive in live teaching.
"Teachers are familiar with MOOC, a type of online teaching which has prerecorded classes. But live teaching requires more interaction to let students be the real masters of their learning," Han said.
Aside from teachers opening pilot classes, universities are busy rolling out teaching plans and promoting the mutual recognition of credits earned from online and onsite classes.
"The Ministry of Education and universities across China have offered over 20,000 free classes online. Universities need to work out further plans on mutual recognition of their classes," said a staff member at the office of teaching affairs.