When you wish to reach large groups in an online setting yet still have interaction with them, a webinar would be the ideal solution. You can use webinars to host short lectures. Webinars also offer the possibility for minor interaction in larger groups, such as quizzes, voting, and a chat. The webinar format is often used when you want to switch between plenary sessions and small group interaction, using so-called breakout sessions.
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- When you want to reach a large group and include interactive elements.
- Such as voting and questions, and sending information.
- When you want to explain or expose new information to the students.
- When you want to have that added value of an online webinar that allows you to have your students to participate in small group breakout sessions during your session.
- When you want to replace an interactive lecture or seminar.
Keep in mind
If you don’t plan to have interactive elements in your session, it’s highly recommended to use video lectures instead. Once made, these videos can be used for many years. You can also have a look at the Using existing open educational resources (OER) page on this website for inspiration.
- Use a moderator to guide the discussions in the chat and support participating students whenever they have questions or (technical) issues. We advise you to check out the Add a class moderator page on this website.
- Recording and playback of a webinar is possible, please consider these privacy guidelines for recording
Options & examples
- Lecture style webinar
A shortened version of a lecture can be given during a webinar. Make sure to chunk the content into smaller pieces to keep the participants’ attention, alternating short informative sessions and activities, such as breakout sessions, quizzes and discussions with your students.
- Students led lecture
Instead of explaining all the concepts yourself, you could ask students to make a contribution to the lecture. Let them prepare a short presentation about an assigned theory or concept and add additional information yourself when needed. This presentation could also be used as a formative assessment and - when recorded - be used as a resource during the rest of the program.
- Guest lecture
Guest lectures can be invited to be a co-host of a webinar, to share their experiences with the student. You can help your guests by providing a dedicated time slot, a format to work within, and information about the different activities they can use.
- Review & Informal assessment
Use the webinar to review the program's content or use quizzes to test the students’ knowledge about a theory or topic. You can let the students do a digital formative assessment with the help of the quizzes, in which each answer can be discussed directly after each question. This format can be used to prepare for tests or conduct an informal assessment for students to test their understanding. It is also suitable for the evaluation of your program.
- Share videos
You can use existing (or new) videos and materials as part of your lecture, to share examples, demonstrations, or tutorials. Remember to keep these videos short 6-8 minutes and relevant for all participants.
Tools Supported by Leiden University
- Kaltura Liveroom for live sessions.
- Using Kaltura Capture you can create different types of recordings,
For example, create a slide narration, check the video toolkit for tips.
You can find a template for slides here.
- Create audio recording / podcast, check the video toolkit for tips.