Zoom conferencing: tips and tricks
Learning Environments provides a wealth of information and resources on using Zoom and other technologies to facilitate synchronous, online teaching and learning, but sometimes you just need a place to start...
Top tips for using Zoom.
1. 'Testing, testing….’
If you are hosting a Zoom session for the first time, arrange a rehearsal with some of your colleagues, or log in on two computers - one as yourself, and another as a 'pretend student'. This will give you confidence when running your session and avoid some potential technical difficulties.
2. ‘Welcome to our session’
Create a welcome slide (eg. in PowerPoint) for students to see as soon as they join the online meeting. Add any messages or instructions for the session to help it run smoothly. For example, your slide might advise students that their microphone will be muted by default and they should turn their video off unless speaking.
3. ‘Can you hear me?’
When setting up a Zoom meeting (especially for large classes) make sure you choose the setting ‘Mute participants upon entry’. This will reduce the potential feedback and noise issues that can happen with large sessions.
4. ‘You’re bre..k..ng. up’
If you find during an online webinar session that you are having trouble with video and audio delays it's a good idea to ask participants to turn off their webcams. This will reduce the bandwidth requirement for the session and allow you to continue with fewer interruptions.
5. 'Now recording'
With the permission of your students, you can record your Zoom session for your own and students' future reference, or to provide to others who were unable to attend. Sessions can be saved to your computer, or the cloud.