- Web Conferencing
- Classroom Assessment Techniques
- Student Polling Devices
- Continuity of Instruction
- Flipped Classroom
- Online Discussions
- Peer Instruction
- Instructor-to-Student Interaction
- Online Accessibility
- Online Assessment
- Small-Group Work
- Student-to-Student Interaction
- Teaching Millennials
Would you like to host an online web conference for class activities, including screen sharing and text-based chat?
Zoom is a web-based communication tool that allows faculty and students to collaborate over the internet in real-time. This real-time interaction is also known as "synchronous learning."
- Zoom does not require any special software. It’s a web application.
- Zoom can serve as an online teaching session with options for showing slides, videos, or documents.
- Zoom sessions can be recorded for later viewing.
- Within Zoom, students can “raise their hand,” ask questions, and collaborate on a virtual whiteboard.
- Zoom sessions can be live captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
An earlier version of this Teaching Element is also available as a downloadable pdf. The PDF refers to Adobe Connect, which is no longer a supported tool at RIT. However, Adobe Connect and Zoom have similar functions and the information in the PDF can still apply to Zoom.
There are many ways to use Zoom in your teaching and the following list includes some of those that have proven most effective.
- Provide opportunities for students to interact with outside experts who cannot visit the campus.
- Record “profcasts”— mini-lectures for on-demand viewing.
- Allow students to demonstrate “live” content mastery in a distance learning environment.
- Bring together geographically-dispersed students in one “room”.
- Deliver lectures with live class discussion.
- Conducting “office hours” in an online setting.
- Demonstrate software or a procedure.
- Allow students to present or show their work and receive feedback from their peers.
- Using poll questions to gauge students’ understanding of concepts, as well as to determine which students are engaged.
During a Zoom session, the instructor and each student are geographically separated. This requires some planning from instructors in order to keep students engaged and ready to learn. The list below provides some general preparation tips.
- Practice setting up your Zoom session with a colleague before the “real” session.
- Consider recruiting a co-facilitator to help manage the session, especially if you are using several Zoom functions simultaneously (discussion, presentation, etc.) or conducting ongoing discussions with large groups.
- Schedule appropriate break times for the length of the class.
- When setting and communicating a meeting time, take time zone differences into account.
- Provide explicit instructions and expectations for how students will ask questions, participate in the discussion, and tell you if they need you to slow down or speed up.
- Consider limiting the number of students to a manageable number, with breakout rooms or sessions at different times.
- Provide captioning for any activity that includes audio. Real-time captioning is available for class meetings, given sufficient prior notice.
- Build in some time during your first meeting for you and your students to get used to the synchronous format.