Multi-mode Teaching Facilities Pilot – Frequently Asked Questions

Multi-mode teaching describes the delivery of content in a teaching room to both in-room and remote students simultaneously whilst supporting full interaction between all participants. In-room and remote students are able to see and hear each other and interact through standard collaborative methods (e.g. chat and polls).

How does this differ from Live Streaming?

Live streaming refers to the delivery of content in a teaching room to both in-room and remote students simultaneously which does not support interaction between the in-room and remote students.

Why do we need multi-mode Teaching?

Multi-mode teaching can provide benefits to you and your students by:

  • Increasing the numbers of students participating in your teaching sessions above on-site room capacity reducing the need to repeat teach.
  • Enabling students who are unable to attend campus to participate in your teaching sessions.
  • Enabling the involvement of remote speakers (including international) in interactive teaching sessions.

What will the pilot deliver?

In-room technology to support multi-mode delivery will initially be installed in eleven teaching rooms.  This technology will allow you to use standard university collaborative software platforms (Collaborate, Teams and Zoom) to deliver your teaching to in-room and remote students.

How will I be supported in delivering multi-mode teaching?

We will work closely with you as part of the pilot to understand your requirements and ensure you are fully supported in delivering your teaching using the multi-mode technology.  A member of support staff will be available in your teaching room during all multi-mode teaching sessions to provide in-room support for you and your students.

Which rooms are included in the pilot?

The pilot rooms have been identified by the academic staff who are planning to pilot their teaching in these rooms.  They include tiered and flat lecture theatres, seminar rooms and collaborative teaching rooms.  Further detail on these rooms is available here.

Can anyone use the multi-mode teaching rooms?

Yes, we are encouraging academic staff to get involved in the pilots and try out the new rooms.  Please contact Amy Russell (a.russell@leeds.ac.uk) if you would like to get involved.

Will I need to change my teaching methods?

It is likely that changes to pedagogy will need to be made to maximise the benefit of multi-mode teaching.  The focus of the pilots will be to deliver the technical solutions for multi-mode working in conjunction with colleagues in SES and DES, who will lead on the associated impact on pedagogy.

Will this technology support the use of break-out groups?

Yes.  However, it is recommended that each break-out group is restricted to include only either remote or in-room students.  It is technically possible to create break-out groups that include both in-room and remote students but is technically more complex.  As a result, this functionality is being considered for future phases of the pilot.

How will the pilots be evaluated?

Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) is leading the pilot evaluation and will be consulting on the methods for achieving this.  This evaluation will consider the impact of multi-mode teaching on both academic staff and the student experience.

When does the pilot start?

The pilot starts in September 2021, although a number of rooms will be functional and available to use over the summersee multi-mode Teaching room list. 

Are there plans for more rooms to be converted to multi-mode teaching?

This will depend on the evaluation of the pilot.  But yes, it is likely that there will be a larger-scale roll-out across the University if multi-mode teaching is found to be successful.