Live and Online Model

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Live and Online

In this model, a course is delivered in-person to a portion of the class (size determined by Academic Affairs and Facilities) while simultaneously streaming, in real-time, to remote students.  Class sessions can also be recorded and made available to students, by instructor, for viewing at a later time. Testing is normally done online but can also be in person depending on the preference of the instructor.


Best for

This model may be a good choice if you prefer to:

  • primarily lecture with in-class discussion and/or small group work

  • OR if you have a class size that is over 50 students or that requires more than the designated social distancing max. capacity for your classroom


Registrar Classification:

This model is available to courses that are classified as “Lecture” by the Registrar in Banner.


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To teach Live and Online you must plan your course(s) to engage learners that are simultaneously inside and outside the classroom. Classrooms will be outfitted with a webcam and mic and can be streamed, and recorded, with the use of Zoom.  To provide a consistent experience for all students, it is strongly recommended that you use OAKS to compliment the course. 

Preparing content delivery and classroom activities for Live and Online will require considerable planning so that the in-person and remote students have a consistent experience. You will need to feel very comfortable in your use of Zoom in a classroom setting.  Managing participants, chat, screen sharing content, giving co-host controls are just some of the Zoom functionality you should be familiar with. You should set clear expectations for course participation and communication. 

You also must decide how many student groups you will need and on what days they will attend (as this method requires that you divide your students into smaller groups for social distancing purposes; this must be communicated to the students before the first day of class)


There are several skills that you will need to know to be successful in this model.

In-class online portion

To add readings, videos, etc. into OAKS for your students

Frequent yet easy communication with students

Socially distant group work

Peer Review


Whether your class is fully face-to-face, fully online, or a mix of both, communication between students and faculty is so important.  In this model, it’s important that you maintain communication with your students when they are not in class.  This is easily done via the OAKS News tool.  Regular communication lets your students know that, even though they only see you 1/2 as much, you are still there for them as much as you would be in a traditional face-to-face class.

    • Communicate your groups and their meeting days as soon as possible so there is no confusion for the first day of class.  Students need to know when they will be attending online vs. face-to-face.
    • Make sure you are clear with your students that they MUST come to class on the day in which they are assigned.  Coming on an alternate day could exceed the maximum capacity of the classroom and will not be allowed.
    • If students come in on a day in which they are not assigned, and their attendance exceeds the maximum COVID capacity for the room, they must be asked to leave.
    • You need to be clear about the amount of time spent in class and out of class and communicate that to your students.
    • You need to know your “why.”  Why are you having them come to class for the activities and discussions? Why are these important?
    • Create the expectation for students to come to class prepared for study and social distancing. Online assignments carry over into in-class content sessions (be prepared or your in-class grade will suffer).

For more ways to communicate, check out our Communication Tips.

For tips for what to include in your syllabus see the Syllabus section of this website.




What you will need (software/hardware):

  • Faculty
    • Classroom will be outfitted with the required equipment to live stream.
      • Computer
      • Zoom
      • Webcam
      • Microphone
      • Document Camera
    • Optional equipment may include.
      • Tablet (iPad/Surface)
      • Laptop, tablet, or phone for additional camera angle.
  • Students
    • Students that are physically in the classroom
      • Computer to collaborate and chat with remote students (Students should be encouraged to bring their laptops, especially for Zoom Breakout rooms if it is a large class.)
      • Microphone 
      • Webcam
      • Zoom
    • Students that are remote
      • Computer
      • Microphone
      • Webcam
      • Reliable internet
      • Zoom
      • Quiet place to attend class and concentrate

Consider having all tests ad assessments online only so that the in-class and the remote students have the same experience.

Consider using the same Zoom meeting for the entire semester.  You can do this by setting the date for the meeting from the first day of the semester to the last day.  This will generate one URL that the students can use over and over again.  If you teach using OAKS, you can also try setting up a reoccurring Zoom meeting that will display in the calendar of OAKS for each class.  This makes it easier for the students to access your synchronous online class.



Please don’t forget that you need a Plan B in case you or some of your students are quarantined.  Also don’t forget that the last week of the semester, and the final exam, will be fully online, so plan accordingly.