Content-Driven Classes in an Online Setting

In this post, we are sharing suggestions for how to translate content-driven classes into an online setting. 

Below please find the online alternatives for:

  • Lecture format
  • Demonstration
  • Provocation
  • Illustration
  • Presentation

Suggestions based on technology level*:


Make a PowerPoint/Sheets/Prezi slide deck of your lecture points. Send your students an email to let them know you’ve posted the presentation on LMS/Google Classroom/Digication and that they should look through it there. Be sure to provide next steps for them: after they’ve looked at it, what should they do next?


Post a recording of your lecture (along with any slide deck) on LMS/Google Classroom/Digication so that students are able to interact with the material anytime during your established timeframe. Think of what type of follow-up assignment or interaction would make sense.


Go through your slide deck with your class live using your preferred technology (Big Blue Button, Google Meet) while also recording. Post the recording on LMS/Google Classroom/Digication so that students interact with the material later, if need be. And consider a reflection assignment or ‘take-aways’ as a next step.


Synchronous/Asynchronous suggestions – see this presentation.


  • What will students be asked to do with the lecture or demonstration?
  • What happens after viewing it? Is there a follow-up discussion or assignment?
  • What learning objectives does this practice support?

Technology* you might consider:

  • Power Point
  • Google Slides
  • Kaltura
  • Your Phone or Computer
  • LMS
  • Google Classroom
  • Digication
  • Google Drive
  • Big Blue Button
  • Google Meet
  • And many others…

*Please check the recommended and supported technologies on Pratt’s Telepresence Site.

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Additional tech suggestions to help you with content delivery online*.


 We understand ‘low tech’ as any of the following: 

  1. faculty generally unfamiliar/uncomfortable with technology OR
  2. students generally unfamiliar/uncomfortable with technology OR 
  3. both students and faculty have tech limitations such as internet connectivity, technology access, computer access etc.

We understand ‘high tech’ as any of the following:

  1. faculty and students both familiar with and somewhat more comfortable with technologies AND 
  2. both faculty and students have full access to the internet, technologies and computers/video/audio etc.

We understand mid tech as something in between.

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