So, you've been assigned as instructor for a live-class delivery on the Calibrae LMS. Great!
In this article, we'll run through what it means to be an instructor in a Calibrae classroom and help you get oriented. We'll also suggest some tips about how things work and what to expect. Specifically, we'll look at...
Once assigned as instructor, you'll receive an email notification with details of when and where the class will be taught, along with quick links to access class resources.
Add to calendar adds the event details to your calendar
Manage the Class takes you to the admin page for this class, from where you can...
Manage course content takes you to the course content page, from where you can
View the Class (Learner View) takes you to the virtual classroom, from where you'll join with learners enrolled on this class session.
Once in the virtual classroom, you and your learners will have pretty much the same experience.
The welcome message, authored by the course author, provides initial orientation to the learners. It typically comprises course objectives and initial instructions on what learners should do.
If you are teaching remotely, click either of the Join Webinar buttons to open the class webinar room - the place where you'll meet with and instruct learners in your class.
If set up with a Calibrae meeting room, the webinar screen (powered by Jitsi) will open in the main display area. Note...
Jitsi provides all the conferencing tools you are used to: screen share, messaging, raised hands, and more. For more information on using Jitsi, see
If the class has been set up with a third party meeting room (like Zoom, Teams, WebEx, etc), the webinar screen will open in a new tab.
Your teaching and learning activities (the content you will probably teach) will be listed in the course navigation pane. Clicking an activity opens it in the main display area. Activities may include...
Note how the Jitsi webinar minimizes to the top left of the screen, enabling parties to maintain the conferencing session whilst moving through course content.
The course author may have included exercises for learners to work through independantly on their computers. Exercises may be in the form of...
The course author may have included activity-level resources that learners can download. Downloadable resources are typically used as
As well as downloadable resources added to individual activities by the course author, you as class instructor can also add your own resources that will be specific to this class delivery. (See the class admin page.) Class level resources will be displayed to the learner on the main course page.
Note how each activity has a discussion board through which you and learners can discuss the concepts being taught. Learners can of course still voice live questions in the webinar, but the discussion board is ideal for asynchronous study out of hours.
A typical virtual delivery might look something like this:
It is highly recommended that remote instructors use two monitors to deliver a class session - one to manage teaching content and the other to host the webinar and learners. You could open the virtual classroom in two browser tabs (one on each screen) - one for content / screen sharing and the other for the webinar. For tips on how to set up, take a look at https://www.calibrae.com/support/teaching-with-two-screens-for-a-better-webinar-delivery
A typical in-person delivery might look something like this:
Instructors are able to edit course content. Beware that changes you make will over-write original content writen by the course author, and will be persist for future classes taught by other instructors.
To edit course content, use the Learner->Admin button to toggle to admin view, then from the course admin page go to the Content tab.
Existing learning activities can be edited/updated/re-arranged, and new activities can be added.
Each class delivery of the course has a dedicated admin page through which you can access the class list and manage learners.
The class admin page can be accessed in either of two ways:
From the Class admin page you can:
To view learner progress, go to Metrics. You'll see a summary page that includes a table of individual learner progress.
We'll soon be adding a tab to each activitiy in the virtual classroom especially for instructors to check how learners are progressing on the current activity. It will look something like the image below. Watch this space!