Our new guidance pages explain what the capabilities and use-cases are for rooms set up for ISLA teaching
Inclusive Synchronous Learning Activities (ISLA) is a new pedagogic and technical hybrid method for live teaching simultaneously to students who are both on campus and online. Academic staff simultaneously present to their class face to face and online using Zoom (Teams is not supported with ISLA). A camera broadcasts them to the online audience and microphones pick up all speech in the room for the remote learners. This is often known as hybrid or dual delivery teaching.
ISLA rooms are primarily intended to enable interaction between students and lecturers and so are best suited for smaller class groups (max. 30-40 students, total). It is essentially a new level of the DALI project, in that it is comprised of an additional layer of technology. This technology includes a large display screen for the Zoom chat and gallery view, a second camera directed at in-class students for those online, and additional ceiling microphones installed throughout the room to pick up discussions.
ISLA enables the following benefits for your teaching:
- The whole class can interact with each other in real time
Brings together a diversity of perspectives
Provides student choice about mode of attendance
ISLA has the following challenges to be aware of:
- Complex to manage and teach the session
Require familiarity with technical setup
Limitations on suitable rooms
Limitations on class sizes
Vulnerable to changing circumstances (e.g. illness or a further lockdown)
Vulnerable to technology issues
Risk of inequitable experience
Some health risk