Holding virtual office hours – suggestions

A colleague asked about holding virtual office hours. The question entailed both how to do this in terms of the pedagogy and the technology. There were quite a few considerations to take in to account namely:

  • class and cohort size;
  • possible apps/tools to be used;
  • getting the most out of a virtual session;
  • preparation required prior to a virtual office hour/tutorial;
  • expectations for students/attendees of said events;
  • and many more!

So, I drafted a document that addresses some suggestions around holding virtual office hours (and tutorials) which can be found here: https://sway.office.com/yqhBJFryvfm46a5e?ref=Link as a Sway document that can be printed and shared.

I should note that, while I focus on using Microsoft Teams, the principles for this apply to Zoom and Google Hangouts, among others. The main differences are that Zoom allows ‘breakout rooms’. I haven’t used Google Hangouts for a similar purpose, so can’t comment.

I hope this is helpful!


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