This information is compiled from Zoom.com’s suggestions for instructors. For a full PDF, see below.
Class Structure Tips
- For online teaching, it is important to give students a clear agenda and set clear expectations for the class. Without the visual and in-person cues and conversation one receives in a regular classroom setting, guidelines are crucial to help the class flow. Consider giving students a written plan or agenda for each class meeting, via email or screen sharing a document at the beginning of class.
- Encourage student engagement by using online platforms such as zoom’s whiteboard attachment. In whiteboard, through sharing your screen, students can use annotation to mark up the text.
- To break up lecture time and encourage student engagement, consider breaking students into discussion groups; you can use zoom’s breakout rooms feature for this.
- Pre-set your meeting settings to mute participant’s microphones upon entry. This will allow students to enter class without ambient noise, and keep your class environment more controlled.
- Take a second after larger sections of lecture material to check in with students for comprehension.
- Speak as if you are truly face-to-face with a class, and ensure you are a proper distance from the microphone and camera.
- Embrace the pauses at the end of content delivery, giving students time to process.
For a comprehensive blog about the different features zoom offers, and how to navigate its basic functions, see our Zoom For Faculty page. Note that by scrolling to the bottom of the post, you can find additional posts that target specific questions regarding zoom.
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