Multi-Mode Teaching

Multi-mode teaching can provide benefits to you and your students.

What is meant by Multi-Mode?

Multi-mode teaching describes the delivery of content in a teaching room to both in-room and remote students simultaneously whilst supporting full interaction between all participants. In-room and remote students are able to see and hear each other and interact through standard collaborative methods (e.g. chat and polls).

N.B. This differs to rooms with Live Streaming functionality which allow one-way teaching delivery to both in-room and remote students simultaneously.

Why do we need multi-mode teaching?

Multi-mode teaching can provide benefits to you and your students by:

  • Increasing the numbers of students participating in your teaching sessions above on-campus room capacity reducing the need to repeat teach.
  • Enabling students who are unable to attend campus to participate in your teaching sessions.
  • Enabling the involvement of remote speakers (including international) in interactive teaching sessions.

How does this differ from Live streaming?

Live streaming refers to the delivery of content in a teaching room to both in-room and remote students simultaneously which does not support interaction between the in-room and remote students.

How will I be supported in delivering multi-mode?

We will work closely with you to understand your requirements and ensure you are fully supported in delivering your teaching using the multi-mode technology.  A member of support staff will be available in your teaching room during all multi-mode teaching sessions to provide in-room support for you and your students.

Can anyone use multi-mode teaching rooms?

Yes, we are encouraging academic staff to get involved, please contact Amy Russell ( if you would like to get involved.

Which rooms are set up to support multi-mode teaching?

Please email Estates and Facilities at for guidance on which rooms are multi-mode enabled.

Will I need to change my teaching methods?

It is likely that changes to pedagogy will need to be made to maximise the benefit of multi-mode teaching.

Will this technology support the use of break-out groups?

Yes. However, it is recommended that each break-out group is restricted to include only either remote or in-room students.  It is technically possible to create break-out groups that include both in-room and remote students but is technically more complex.  As a result, this functionality is being considered for future phases of the pilot.