Online Teaching Guide

Online Teaching Guide

Online Lectures

Online Lectures

Lectures  should be prepared as short topic lectures, rather than 1 or 2 hour recordings.  The advantage of preparing your lecture material this way is that it is more digestible and more downloadable for students. 

Vanderbilt University has an excellent guide on Effective Educational Video:

There are two ways you can deliver your online lectures:

Please see this Guide on ECHO360 & Zoom for Lecture recording created by David Morgan for the latest instructions on online lectures.

ECHO360 (Preferred Method)

  • Use the Echo360 universal capture to record short (up to 30mins) lectures on key topics in your unit.
  • Include screen capture that links to powerpoints, online documents or resources.
  • There is also the option to capture video of the lecturer in a small sidebar as a personal touch
  • Avoid references to unit codes, the day/time/year of the lecture, to ensure it is a resource that can be used again.
  • Make separate short videos for discussing the requirements of any assessments, don’t include assessment information in topic lectures as this will change year to year.
  • To use Echo360, it’s best to have a separate microphone, rather than using the inbuilt microphone on your computer.  Staff can claim the cost of a microphone and headset as a tax deduction.  You may also be able to borrow a microphone from the department/school or faculty. 
  • Your Echo lectures can be supplemented by other online resources such as films, blog posts, newspaper articles, digital resources in library collections, and the like.
  • You can directly publish to your unit’s ECHO360 space.

 How do I install ECHO universal capture? 

This should be installed in any computer provided by MQ. If not, contact ITHELP 
If you do not have an MQ computer, then ECHO can be installed remotely. In any case, contact ITHELP 

Zoom Lectures

Zoom  can be used to record lectures that students can attend in real time.  These should be recorded and the link made available to all students in the unit after the lecture.  You should only use this option if you have planned interactive activities that include student discussion and engagement.  If you provide Zoom lectures, then these need to be arranged at the lecture time that has been timetabled for your unit.

You can also use Zoom to record your lectures, similar to Echo360. You can start a new meeting and screen share and record your lecture. You would then have to manually upload the video to your unit’s ECHO360 space.

For more on how to use zoom and to find training on using the interactive features, see the Arts L & T Hub under Learning Technologies Tools.


  1. Record new lectures where possible. 
  2. Only reuse lectures, if appropriate.
  3. Break down lectures into small parts
  4. While recording lectures, remember not to mention unit codes or anything year/session specific. 
  5. Provide a summary at the beginning and at the end about what the recording is about.
  6. Provide total time of lecture video (eg. 10mins)
  7. Title the file appropriately when uploading to ECHO360
  8. If you require captioning, contact MQ Student Wellbeing 

Desktop recording: Arts L&T supports desktop recording using Camtasia or Screenflow. Contact  if you need assistance with screen recording.

Online Learning Activities
Further Considerations

Other useful websites to visit:


Acknowledgement: Lise Barry, Macquarie Law School