Direct Instruction

Direct Instruction

Direct instruction is a method in which an instructor speaks directly to a group of students to describe certain learning concepts.

ASU Sync/In-Person
(and Hybrid)

Because of the dual location of the students in this mode of instruction, the instructor will need to make sure that they are standing somewhere in the room where both in-person and remote students can effectively view the instructor. The instructor will also need to remember that remote students may be unable to see what is written on a physical blackboard or whiteboard.  So instructions should be developed beforehand in slides and projected to students (and screen shared with remote students). Instructors might consider making it part of their process to leave at least one slide blank to add any in-the-moment information.  Also, consider looking into using the Zoom annotation features (see the UTO Use Annotations video).

ASU Sync Only

In general, it is best to use the synchronous class time for engaging students in applying their learning, but there are still times in which direct instruction is necessary.  Consider the following elements when using Zoom:

  • Video Layout.  You will want to share with your students some basic Zoom information, such as toggling between video layouts (see also Adjusting View Options video).  This will make their viewing experience easier to manage.

  • Computer Audio. If you want to play a video clip for all of the participants in your Zoom meeting, you will want to ensure that they will be able to hear it.

Manage Participants. Create a procedure for how your meetings will run. Consider muting all of your participants until you open the floor for questions. Set up a specific time during each meeting for asking questions. Use a Q&A slide as a visual cue that it is time to ask questions. Remind students where to find the Raise Hand feature in Zoom.


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