Possibilities for remote education
All classes in the winter semester 2020/2021 will be held remotely (via online lectures, consultations, course recordings, homework, supervised reading, etc.). Here is a list of preferred tools. You can use other tools, too, but please keep in mind that the students will have to adjust to all the tools in a brief period of time.
Moodle is a system for creating online courses, which supports for example:
- publishing course material
- accepting solutions to homeworks, graded by the teacher later
- structured discussion
- questionnaires and tests
Our university runs a Moodle instance at https://moodleoffice.cuni.cz/.
Information about course creation are available at the university page.
Moodle supports LaTeX-like math notation written as
\[formula\]. To make it work, you need to go to course settings → filters, disable the TeX filter and enable MathJax filter.
Zoom is a platform for video conferencing and online meetings. It is available for most of the commonly used systems (Linux, Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS) and also as a web application (it seems to work better in Chrome than in Firefox). Some features are available only in the native applications, though.
Zoom is the preferred tool for online lectures and tutorials. It can be also used for recording lectures without participants.
You can obtain an account from CESNET at cesnet.zoom.us, where you authenticate using CAS (the same account as for SIS). You obtain a free basic account, which allows unlimited individual meetings and group meetings for at most 40 minutes at once. Faculty members can ask for an edu license, which has no such limits. Please follow the instructions.
Tutorials taught by our students are expected to use shared accounts. These are described in the computer science school manual.
- Please use passwords to protect your meetings: it is far too easy to guess a valid meeting ID and do mischief. If all participants have a CESNET account, you can limit access to the meeting to such accounts. Also, it is possible to enable a waiting room for outside participants and let them in manually as needed.
- Scheduling of recurring meetings (e.g., classes) is more comfortable in the web interface.
- While it seems that meeting start times have granularity of 30 minutes, in fact they do not. However, the web interface needs a little convincing to enter other times. On the contrary, meeting durations always have 15 minute granularity.
- Meetings can be recorded either in the Zoom cloud (and later downloaded) or locally at your machine.
- Meeting participants can send "yes/no/raise hand" signals, which are visible in the participant list.
- Meetings also include a textual chat, which can be useful for asking questions during the class. If you record the meeting, a transcript of the chat is kept in a separate file; we have a tool for integrating the transcript to the video.
- When creating a meeting, you can allow joining of participants before the host. You can also create host key, which allows other participants to become the host by pressing the "Claim Host" button.
Microsoft Teams is a platform for team collaboration and it is a part of Office 365. It is possible to use it (not only) for distance education. It allows for creating groups (teams), sharing documents, chating and also making videoconferences. A client application is available for most of the commonly used systems (Windows, Linux, Android, iOS) and also it can be used without any client from a browser.
Adobe Connect is a platform for video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. It is available for most of the commonly used systems (Windows, Mac, Android, on Linux only partially - the screen sharing is not available).
Adobe Connect is supported by the University. Information about course creation and holding an online lecture are available at the university page.
We prefer Zoom and MS Teams at MFF.
A guide to further tools is maintained by the Computer science school.