Tools for conducting classes online while on-campus study is suspended
Tel Aviv University has for years had an infrastructure for incorporating advanced technologies in teaching:
- Virtual TAU, which handles the Moodle system and provides pedagogical support for lecturers
- TAU Online, the Innovation Learning Center, which among other things develops MOOCs (massive open online courses)
- Classes filmed and uploaded to a video server (VOD)
This pedagogical and technological infrastructure mainly enables asynchronous learning, which does not require the teacher and the students to participate simultaneously.
Now that campus restrictions have been imposed due to the spread of the coronavirus, it is necessary to add synchronous components to asynchronous learning.
Synchronous learning allows lecturers and students to attend an online class at the same time, where everyone can be in their homes or wherever they choose.
Tel Aviv University provides two tools for synchronous learning: Unicko and Zoom. The two are similar, with the former being more advantageous, but the decision about which tool to use is up to the lecturer teaching the course.
The following table provides links for students and lecturers with tools and support:
|Useful guide for students
|Guide for teachers
|Support center for teachers and students