Tips for Video Conferencing

Due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, when I did the video conferencing during my class, I did a few trial and error to make my own teaching strategies. Most of classes were more to theory based classes, so video conferencing would be OK for teaching the students. So here, some of the tips that I found during the trial and error. The tips listed below are based on my personal experiences.

  • Before class
  • Invest in good microphone and earphone. For me, I used gaming headphone, because it designed for long lasting comfort for long period of time.
  • You might need drawing tablet. Since I am teaching engineering subjects, I need to the calculation together with my students. So, I will use whiteboard function in video conferencing, and calculate it together.
  • Be familiar with the video conferencing interface. I did a few trials alone, just to make sure everything will be going smooth during online class.
  • First class
  • During the first class, set some ground rules and etiquettes during the video conferencing class. E.g. “Please mute your microphone during the class”, “If you have any questions, please write down in the chat or talk to me during the class”.
  • Do some icebreakers with the students, I will use the forum functions in the e-learning. It is better to know the students name and face. Because you need this engage with the students during the class.
  • Please let your students know when you will be available. And please let them know how you will divide the class.
  • Please bear in your mind, that not all students will have good internet connection. For me, I asked all my students to closed their camera, so they will get smooth and good experiences during the class. I also do the poll, regarding their bandwidth speed. So, I know which students have low bandwidth.

    Every class
  • Prepare infront of the computer and camera at least 15 minutes before class. So, you can have your materials ready before the class.
  • Please ask your students whether they can hear and see you clearly.
  • Speak clearly and easy English (or Japanese). Not too quick and not too slow. Speak at your own comfortable pace.
  • I will ask my students to have a piece of paper with them, just to do the questions and tutorial together.
  • Before finish the class, summarise all the important points and tell the students what will be in their next class.

There are many other few tips that might help you during the class. But the tips that I gave above, was enough for me to do online class.

Hope this will help you.

Online Teaching and Learning Tools

Salam and good day everyone,

In this post, I like to share about synchronous learning and asynchronous learning.

In my online classes, I had been used video conferencing combining with others methods e.g  using gamified, online discussion etc. methods (will be discussed in the other post).

So, what is the difference between you are doing your teaching with “online face-to-face” with students and posting your teaching video to the youtube?

Online face-to-face or need students to be engaged during online class will be called as synchronous learning.

Meanwhile for posting your teaching video in youtube, which allow students to learn it online or offline known as asynchronous learning.

Here is the definition for synchronous learning and asynchronous learning.

Synchronous learning:

Synchronous learning includes online studies which are carried out with the aid of chat rooms. Only online can that sort of learning happen. Digital networking lets the learners keep in contact with their fellow students and their teachers. This is called synchronous learning, as the program enables students to ask questions directly by instant messaging to their instructor or fellow students.

In this learning, you have to watch a lecture at a certain time , for example, as a student. You can interact with your students about the answers. The teacher will read your answers instantly and communicate with students during this lecture. The type of lecture must be given online.

Asynchronous learning:

We do have asynchronous learning, on the other hand. This process can be performed online as well as offline. Asynchronous learning includes internet, email, and message boards distributing courses that are posted in online forums. Students are not given access to instant messaging via this online forum. One benefit of asynchronous learning is you can be self-paced.

On the other hand, imagine that you can watch the lecture (through uploaded videos in e-learning or youtube) at your own pace. Unfortunately, you can’t discuss your answers with your classmates in real time. This kind of lecture can be given offline.

So how does synchronous and asynchronous learning vary?

An important difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning is instant messaging and immediate feedback. With synchronous learning , learners may receive immediate input from students or teachers via instant messaging. Asynchronous learning does not allow this type of interaction. If someone has trouble answering questions, they won’t be able to ask for help right away. Again, you can be self-paced with asynchronous learning, which is not possible with synchronous learning.

That’s all for synchronous learning and asynchronous learning.

Please drop me an e-mail or comment if you want to know more about these learning methods.


Have a great day ahead!!!

Industrial Talk – Ningen Ryoku Professional Ethics, Safety & Health

In November 22, 2018 ( 8 pm – 10 pm ) an industrial talk was held for Ningen Ryoku: Profesional Ethics, Safety and Health students. The speaker, Mr Mohd Hafiz Hamjah is one of best Process Engineer in Antara Steel Mills Sdn. Bhd., Labuan.

This talk was about the safety in workplace, how to identify hazard, risk assessment and also risk control.

This talk was not only participated by the Ningen Ryoku Students (Department of Electronic Systems Engineering), but also from different departments, which were Department of Chemical Process Engineering and also Department of Mechanical Precision Engineering.

The students did group works to analyse the risk and hazard in workplace. The creative and different method on approching the students made the students understand more regarding the safety.

Thank you again to Mr Hafiz and also the students that came to this industrial talk. We hope we have your talk again next semester!!

It was full house!!!

Group discussion

Group presentation