Tools for distance teaching
This is an overview of tools, which can be used for remote teaching at computer science departments.
Please have a look at the MFF-wide manual for distance teaching first.
If you have any questions, please write an e-mail to Martin Mareš.
Shared Zoom accounts
Faculty members should use Zoom with university accounts. For those who don't qualify for one (e.g., doctoral students who teach classes), we have a set of shared Zoom accounts:
- firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com for the school of computer science
- firstname.lastname@example.org to email@example.com for the school of mathematics
You can log in to them at matfyz.zoom.us (this is different from the domain we are using for the rest of accounts). You should have received the passwords from your department.
- On each shared account, there can be only one meeting at a given time. Always schedule all meetings beforehand (i.e., no instant meetings are allowed).
- Look at the schedule of all shared accounts to find a free account for a given time. Beware that Zoom's user interface does not detect collisions automatically.
- Please do not change per-account settings, only per-meeting ones.
- Include your name in the meeting's topic.
- If Zoom asks for a security code sent by e-mail, look here (login "zoom", same password as for the account).
If you want to record a lecture for later viewing by students, there are several possibilities:
- Use the video camera in lecture halls at Malá Strana (see below)
- Record it in Zoom
- Use the department's video camera
- Use your own equipment
The recording can be published using the university streaming server, either for public viewing, or restricted to the academic community (i.e., anybody with a CAS login). If you want to upload your videos, please ask for access.
If you want any help with editing video, or transcoding it to a better compressed format, please consult the computer administrators of your department.
Recording in S9
The S9 lecture hall is equipped with a video camera and wireless microphones, which are suited for recording lectures. The camera is controlled from the panel at the teacher's desk (the one which also controls lights and window blinds).
The recordings can be downloaded via SFTP from avt.ms.mff.cuni.cz. The SFTP server is accessible only from the network at Malá Strana and it requires password authentication using an account either from CAS or from the MS computer labs. You can ask firstname.lastname@example.org for access rights.
Beware that you need to keep the AV equipment turned on before it finishes uploading the video.
Recording in other rooms at Malá Strana
Other large lecture halls at Malá Strana are equipped with a video camera connected to the computer in the teacher's desk. It can be used with Zoom to offer remote access to the lecture. There is also OBS Studio installed, which can stream the lecture or record it nicely. The camera can be controlled using remote control which is stored in a drawer of the desk. There is a user guide there.
Small lecture halls usually have web cameras.