Teaching in the time of Corona (Online Event)

Date and time: March 18th 2020, 12:15 – 13:15

Location: Online Event

Teaching in the time of Corona: Low-threshold examples of online teaching

We cordially invite you to the first exclusively virtual Refresh Teaching event. This will take place using Zoom, an online videoconferencing system (more information about Zoom below).

Zoom Meeting room: https://ethz.zoom.us/j/760612578

In this virtual event, four lecturers will report on their virtual teaching methods and experiences. You can experience what virtual teaching feels like, learn from the experiences of the presenters and discuss the limits and possibilities together with the presenters and other participants.


Chris Kettle shares how he enables the delivery of lectures to the class remotely, to bring together multiple presenters from different countries and perspectives in a single session, enable students to participate remotely in lectures, and to share group presentations and feed back to online participants. On Monday we did a so called ‘Dragons Den’ with Students presenting business ideas and the panel of Judges were all online, including Italy and Peru.
He used slido to collect student feedback and conduct class polls, word clouds etc.

Paolo Tiso teaches his course “Advanced Dynamics” (MSc level) from home using Zoom for the last two weeks. He does, in his own words, something rather traditional, mostly sharing screen and going through slides as he would do in the class. Students are physically present in the lecture room, while many others watch the recording (as they used to do also prior the virus spread). For now, he misses the possibility to use a blackboard, and he would love to hear how to engage with students more.

Giovanni Bertolini will share his “lesson learned” with his recently held virtuallecture using Zoom.

About the video conferencing system Zoom:

Zoom is a do-it-yourself videoconferencing system supported by ETH. With Zoom, one person can give a lecture with a presentation and up to 100 people can join in via chat or audio connection.

Brief instruction to Zoom:

Use the link (provided above) to enter the Zoom room at the designated time. Download/Open the Zoom App or join the meeting via the browser. Please test whether you can join the room and whether the audio works properly beforehand. We recommend you use a headset in order to minimize unwanted sounds from your environment.  

More Info:

Transcripts and recordings of the event

Recording of the event: https://polybox.ethz.ch/index.php/s/CeEHm622ge82IDP