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Engageli Best Practices

Engageli is a great tool for facilitating active and collaborative learning experiences online. Because it offers a range of features and an approach to teaching online which may be new to you, we’ve put together this guide of best practices when delivering modules in Engageli.

The Engageli interface with people talking on a table in a lesson

While you’re free to tailor the experience to your own level of experience and your students’ needs, this is a good place to start to ensure we’re delivering a consistently high-quality experience across the Coventry University Group.

Be seen and heard

Controlling classroom audio

In Engageli, you have two main ways of controlling the audio of the classroom: Room Mode and Table Mode. By default, students will enter your classroom with their mics on and will be able to hear everyone – not just those at their tables.

It’s recommended that you switch the class to Table Mode when you begin teaching to reduce interference for every student from other tables in the classroom. In this mode, students will need to raise their hand to be heard by you, so it’s worth reminding them of this.

For more information, see Instructor Audio Settings on the Engageli Knowledge Base.

Improving your presence on camera

Many of us take our webcams for granted, but there are a few simple steps you can take to get more out of your computer’s camera (or an external one).

We won’t cover the basics here, but there’s a helpful guide in the knowledge base on getting the most out of your webcam.

With Engageli, you can select your default camera and microphone. Engageli currently doesn’t have a background blurring option, but it’s possible to achieve this by installing a 3rd party tool like Snapcam and setting it as your camera when launching a classroom in Engageli.

Set up your classroom

Getting a Classroom URL

When you join the Engageli Proof of Concept Project and gain access to Engageli, you’ll be asked to submit information so the Engageli team can set up your module URL. This is important because Engageli needs to know when your module meets in order to collect the best learning and engagement data to help you later on.

However, if you’d like to use Engageli for an ad hoc class where you don’t need weekly module data, you can launch your own classroom. This guide explains it in more depth:

Launching Your Classroom

When your classroom is set up, Engageli will send you the official URL your students can access week after week to join your class. They’ll also give you a guest link which you can share with students who aren’t yet fully-enrolled and may not have access to single sign on credentials yet.

It’s helpful to encourage these students to use the official URL of the classroom (the one containing your module code), as this ensures you’re getting accurate attendance data for each student. It also gives them access to an in-platform notebook which will save their private notes each week.

Record your class

Recording is a great way to get more engagement from students who couldn’t attend the live sessions. In addition to being able to access recordings later in the week, students can also meet outside your normal class times to play back the recordings in small groups in the Engageli Playback room (they’ll see this option when visiting your normal classroom URL).

For more help on recordings, see this article: Record and Share Class Recordings.

Get more engagement

The main driver to use Engageli over videoconferencing tools is the range of features available for improving student engagement and learning, so use them!

Whenever you plan a session, look for ways of weaving polls, table discussions, collaborative documents, thumbs up/down reactions and more into the learning experience.

For more ideas and resources on active learning in Engageli, check out these two articles:

About the author(s)

  • Noah Mitchell

    I work at Coventry University's Disruptive Media Learning Lab where I focus on digital projects such as Coventry.Domains. I'm passionate about digital fluency, design and user experience.

Updated on April 1, 2022

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