Features of the SNSI Virtual Classroom
The SNSI VC supports the following features:
Real-time, audio video streaming
Facilitates in simulating a conventional classroom environment through the high-quality audio-video feature. You can also enable the audio-video control for your learners, and conduct face-to-face classes. By default, SD (640p) live video streaming is available.
Advanced interactive and feature-rich whiteboard
Offers multiple options to the instructors to draw, illustrate, show diagrams, upload presentations, images, or even play videos from their libraries without any hassles. Further, the whiteboard helps instructors annotate any images, or illustrate and comment on an existing file or image. The whiteboard also offers a full-screen mode to provide instructors with a bigger workspace. Additionally, the instructors can save a specific or all whiteboards they use in a live class as a PDF.
Advanced collaboration and moderation, and high learner engagement
Provides several options for the seamless replication of conventional classroom environments -transferable writing and audio-video controls; real-time peer-to-peer or peer-to-instructor public and private text-based interaction; live polling. Such options ensure frequent learner engagement and help instructors get instant feedback from the learners.
Integrated content library and content sharing
SNSI upload, organize, and store course content in the cloud and you can access the content from anywhere at anytime. The integrated library supports all types of files, and saves you the hassle of transferring and carrying data. Also, it is easy to search for any content and share it with your learners. All the content resource in the library can be reuse for different classes and courses.
Live classes on-the-go
Offers the flexibility to learners to attend live classes on-the-go using the Browser of your devices
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.
CLASS SCHEDULING, SHARE AND LAUNCH
Once logged in you have to click on “Webteaching” to open the submenu and click on “Schedule Class”.
You will be immediately Prompted to the page where you schedule your Class:
PAY ATTENTION TO SELECT THE RIGHT TIMEZONE AND CONTINUE IN THE SAME PAGE:
Once you have saved you can go on Webteaching/Class Details and you will see as follow:
You can notice the Class is upcomeing and you can invite your students by clicking on the wheel on the right:
When You click on Invite by E-mail you are prompted to the following page:
The following shows the email text your students will receive:
Few minutes before the time scheduled (about 10 minutes) you will be able to enter the class to prepare it.
After launching the Class you will see your VC where you need to enable your mic and camera and the mic and camera of students if you want to talk each other: