Virtual Classroom Interface
The SNSI VC interface is user-friendly, has a rich set of functionalities, and contains various intuitive navigation elements. The VC interface is broadly organized into the following three sections as shown below:
VC header: Displays the name of live class, audio-video enabling and recording options, and options to perform tasks – setting the class end time, conducting a poll, switching layout, sharing screen, viewing the attendees, viewing notifications, and signing out. The various elements displayed in the VC header are as follows:
o Live class name: Displays the name of your live class (test class in the image).
o Recording and audio video controls: Displays options to record the live class, or toggle between enabling/disabling audio and video.
o Timer: Displays time remaining until your live class gets over. The timer also displays the option to extend your live class or end the class.
Remember: You cannot extend a live class beyond 90 minutes.
o Polling: Lets you conduct a live poll while the class is underway. You can also create a poll and get feedback after the class is over.
o People: Shows the list of attendees in the live class. It also provides you the options to transfer the audio and video controls to a specific learner.
o Notifications: Displays notifications pertaining to the live class. For example, if the learners raise their hands, you can see them in the notifications.
o Presenter details: Displays your name.
o Signout: Lets you sign out of the live class.
● Communication pane: Displays your video and chat window that lets you interact with your learners. Additionally, the Private Messages tab in the chat window facilitates private interaction on a one-to-one basis with your learners.
● Instructor workspace: Refers to the various elements integrated into the VC that facilitate you in delivering engaging classes. These options include the following:
The instructor workspace has a tabbed view structure wherein each element that you select opens in a new tab within the workspace.
o Youtube: Lets you plays YouTube videos directly without requiring to leave the classroom.
To enable this option:
1. In the teaching area, select New > Youtube.
2. In the Youtube tab that opens, enter the URL of the video you want to play and click . The video in the specified URL starts playing.
o Whiteboard: Acts like a digital canvas on which you can write, sketch, insert various shapes, and add an image and annotate it, among others. The whiteboard interface is clean and simple, and contains a vertical toolbox that provides you options, such as pen, highlighter, shapes, pointer, text, undo, and redo, among others.