Just as teaching in a physical classroom, you'll want to use different class setups, formats and "modes" in order to create the most effective learning environment.
You can use LearnCube classroom modes to achieve this:
- Standard view
- Conversation mode
- Whiteboard mode
- Broadcast mode (coming soon)
Access is only available to the teacher and from the top of the page.
1 - Standard mode (default)
You're already familiar with this.
2 - Conversation mode
The "Conversation mode" is great for just that - chatting, building rapport and when you don't need the whiteboard.
3 - Whiteboard-only mode:
If you don't need the video or want to focus the student's on the materials or whiteboard, use our "Whiteboard-only mode".
This still has the video, but the whiteboard can take up almost the entire screen.
This is also particularly good if on a smartphone where the video can be a distraction.
In the Conversation mode, make sure you take advantage of the grid selection option at the bottom to switch between small thumbnail videos for more than 4 (as below) or larger thumbnails when you have less than 5 students.
Teaching larger groups than 6 students in a class?
We specialise in language education and tutoring (i.e. less than 6 students in a class) and so we know from our teachers, that what works for a private class may not work for groups of 6 and may not work for groups of 6+.
Even in a physical classroom, 6 students is usually the point where you can't all fit around a single table and where another classroom setup is needed.
For the case of groups of 6+ we've created a new mode - Large Group mode (coming soon).
4 - Large Group mode
This is where the teacher is the "presenter" at the front of the class, this is how a class normally starts.
However, if at any time, the teacher wants to bring up the student, they can do that by adding the student as "co-presenter" from the icons below. The student's video will then show and the student can be heard.
If the teacher then wants another student to come up "to the front" and be visible/audible, the teacher clicks on "Stop Presenting" (accessible from the student icon) and chooses another one to three students.
This format is really effective for larger class sizes. It reduces distractions, noise, issues often experienced with large class sizes and will be improved further with breakout-rooms also coming soon.