The director manages the flow of the course, and in particular the flow when things do not go according to plan. During livestream courses, the director also manages the stream scene/audio selection.

  • Gives introductions and wrap-ups (to the days, sessions, and instructors), or at least ensures they happen.

  • Ensures good flow of the course overall

    • Is aware enough of the schedule so that they can decisively adjust it when needed.

    • Keeps time, ensures breaks

    • Actively discusses with the instructors about these practical arrangements (e.g. negotiating best break times)

  • (livestreaming) Flips the livestream scenes when necessary, cues instructors.

Managing the schedule

The director manages the overall flow: making sure the instructors are ready, icebreakers happen, transitions are smooth, people are introduced, breaks happen, HackMD is shared at the appropriate times, and so on.

During large courses, there are many different instructors and certain exercises/lessons may randomly take longer (no matter how much preparation there is). The audience expects this, and in practice decisively accepting and adjusting the schedule (or deciding not to) makes things smooth.

The Director is usually the instructor coordinator, so knows the schedule well. The instructor should be empowered to decide (after checking chat, HackMD, and other instructors) what to do, and can directly announce the new schedule. This takes confidence, but don’t worry: you have plenty of people to consult with, ask advice from those around and then make your choice.

You should also make sure that HackMD is updated with breaks, exercises, and so on. You will probably be the one sharing HackMD during the breaks.

Switching scenes and audio

During a livestream course, various video inputs are mixed (screenshare, instructor gallery, title card, HackMD) and broadcasted. This gives one extra level of management that is needed: yes, it is more overhead, but the advantages are that the instructors can mute the livestream and have a private discussion. This is great for breaks and exercise times, and really helps with the flow a lot.

So, for example:

  • Start the course on the “title card”

  • Switch to gallery view for introduction

  • Switch to screenshare (and adjust PiP size) during teaching

  • Share HackMD during the break and then make PiP size zero

  • Repeat for next courses.

The available controls include:

  • Audio: the audio capture can be turned on and off:

    • “Instructors”: the capture of the Zoom

    • “Mic”: this is the local microphone of the capture computer and should not normally be adjusted.

  • Scene selection: there is a button to select among these scenes

    • “Title card”: graphics used before learners arrive

    • “Gallery”: instructors

    • “Screenshare”: capture of the Zoom screenshare

    • “Hackmd”: just what it says

  • Picture in Picture display: adjust size and layout of this

    • The size can be adjusted to fit the screen

    • To turn it off, make the size zero

    • The cropping can be adjusted based on the number of people in the Zoom display.

OBS remote control via obs-tablet-remote

The broadcaster will provide you with a URL to go to the remote control. TODO: picture

This is an example (note: it won’t work, because you don’t have OBS running):


Go to this URL. It will prompt you for a password (or the broadcaster might add the password to the URL already). The OBS remote control will open with a pre-arranged configuration for your course, with buttons corresponding to the controls you see above.

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