For some peeps, a move from Level 4 to Level 3 in our national lockdown does not necessarily mean a return to university, but rather still studying from home. With remote studies often comes the need to have conference calls for virtual lessons, online practicals, and face-to-face virtual catch up sessions with peers about tasks at hand. All of this may involve technology and sharing computer screens. It’s enough to get the best of us into a frenzy – or at least create a lump in the throat. Here are lifesaving screen sharing tips to help you feel at ease about this experience.
Here are lifesaving screen sharing tips to help you feel at ease about this experience.
Is it necessary?
In as much as one can assume that video calling is the best route to “show up,” this is not always the case. Sometimes, an email, call, social media post or WhatsApp text can be just as effective.
When you need to make that call
For times when a topic can lead to an in-depth discussion or complex information needs to be explained; a video call works best rather than emailing back and forth with no end in sight. Take English syntax structures, biology diagrams, or those maths equations; it’s easier to see how they are solved than trying to explain complex steps with endless correspondences.
When remote screen sharing software is a plus
With a Level 3 lockdown upon us, the need for remote screen sharing software is rapidly increasing. Here are a couple of examples when it’s worth considering.
- Online classes: Live-streamed lessons give flexibility to both educator and student for the streaming of lectures and other content.
- Team meetings: Sharing screens allows workgroups to be on the “same page,” even when working remotely.
- Webinars: These are usually live and interactive events allowing for private chats or asking questions, that can be answered by the lecturer presenting them.
Safety tips for remote teams
It does not matter if it is your first time plugging into screen sharing or you are a pro as these tips are just as vital. Whatever you do, don’t go online without first browsing through them.
- Do a screen test with a pal before everyone else joins in.
- Time management involves giving yourself buffer time, even when the meeting is right in front of you.
- Always send meeting reminders or check-up with your classmates on another platform to see if they are still available.
- Switch off your notifications and slip into “Do Not Disturb” mode to avoid distractions.
- Close any unused tabs and apps.
- Use a reliable internet connection.
- Tidy up your desktop folders to prevent confidential or embarrassing files being viewed by others.
- Double-check before starting if everyone can see and hear you before you delve into the gist of your presentation.
In as much as remote screen sharing can take you out of your comfort zone, it gets easier over time. Don’t put it off, just because you are not used to it. Even in these times of uncertainty and change, you need to encourage yourself to show up, learn new skills, and if you must, do it afraid.