This page reviews tips for your consideration when using Zoom with your Online and Live Online classes.
Zoom is available to SPC faculty and intergrates directly with MyCourses. Zoom is a video and audio conferencing tool that provides faculty and students with the opportunity to meet in an online, asynchronous environment. Zoom can be accessed from a personal computer, tablet, or cellphone. While both video and audio are options when using Zoom, they are also optional. You can select to use the text-based chat available in Zoom to communicate and share resources with your students. Zoom also allows you to share your screen with students as well as whiteboarding options. To register for our Introduction to Zoom which will explore Zoom and its various features or to register for a SPC Zoom account, please follow the steps on the link below.
Is your course Fully Online? If so, Zoom is a great optional tool, but it is not recommended that Zoom meetings be required at specific times. One of reasons students take online courses is to allow for flexibility with their work and family responsibilities. While a hosting an Orientation to the course via Zoom is a great way to introduce your students to your course and expectations, it may be difficult for all students to attend. Consider recording the session and making it available for students to attend on their own time.
Is your course "Live Online"? If so, Zoom is a great way to meet the "Live" component of a "Live Online" course. In these courses, students register for a specific course time. For example, a student may register for a course that is scheduled for Monday and Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. If that is the case, make sure to host your Zoom meetings during that time period since that is the time your students have chosen. All synchronous meetings outside of this time period should be optional.
Is your course Face-to-Face? If so, Zoom may be a great optional tool for hosting online office hours for students not able to get to campus. Use the Waiting Room feature to control how many students can enter your Zoom session at the same time. This will allow you to meet with one student and discuss issues while other students wait in the virtual "waiting room" until you admit them.
When scheduling Zoom meetings (or any synchronous meetings) identify objectives in your course that most benefit from a synchronous session. Consider whether it's necessary for students to all meet synchronously or whether the objective may be met through other instructional methods. Once you identify objectives that benefit from a synchronous meeting through Zoom or other means, check out the tips below on how to use the tools found in Zoom to make these meetings more engaging. CETL and OLS are available to assist you think through your objectives and how they might best be met. Let us know how we can help! Find your Course Objectives on CurricUNet.
Accessibility is a must when posting any type of video. When posting a video/webinar to a course or any future courses, closed captioning should be included.
In order to meet section 504 compliance, all electronic recordings must be closed captioned, have the ability to be downloaded in an accessible format such as HTML or Word, and must be accessible to all screen readers.
If a student requests an accommodation, they must first register with the Accessibility Services. Faculty will then be notified by receiving an accommodation sheet from Accessibility Services and the accommodation will be listed on your class roster. Please review the accommodation in private with the student and determine how best to support the accommodation between the student and Accessibility Services. Once the accommodation has been approved for an interpreter or captionist, one will be assigned to meet during your regular scheduled class time. If the faculty wish to offer a function outside of the original scheduled time, or wish to have the class participate in a real-time webinar, the faculty will need to fill out the following form at least two weeks before the event: https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/664
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