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Virtual classroom review

Principle Investigators: James Rutherford & Mimi Weiss - Senior educational technologists - LEaD

Over the past six months of the COVID-19 crisis, the demand for synchronous virtual classrooms has significantly increased and this has prompted City to conduct a further and wider review to find a replacement tool. In May this year, IT purchased a 12-month licence for Zoom video-conferencing tool to meet the demand from a number of staff in The Business School. LEaD have run a survey for all City staff who used or wished to use virtual classroom tool; to investigate current experiences, gather requirements and understand preferences.

The survey data has been applied to a comprehensive set of user requirements which will be the key data set for a business case and tendering documents. The LEaD Project team have also developed a comparison grid of existing platforms that has been kept up to date and is aimed at staff requirement guidance but will also be used in the tendering process to specify the ideal learning and teaching platform.