Online Teaching and Learning

32 Creating Community with Zoom Settings

Alexandra Bitton-Bailey

Create a Profile & Have Your Students Do It Too!

  • Post a picture and edit your personal reaction setting (to mirror you)
  • Select a screen size (preferably 16:9 like most PowerPoints)
  • Add a virtual background
  • Manage your settings when entering a room. I prefer to mute and hide my camera when I first enter a room. It gives me a few moments to set myself up
  • Be cautious when screen mirroring (especially if your background has words)
  • There is also a handy feature to help touch up appearance this can help with poor lighting and camera quality

Build a Safe Zoom Class Community

A strong sense of community will enhance your online class and contribute to student success. Taking measures to make sure your class is free from disruption and intrusion can help! Here are a few ways to achieve these goals:

In the Zoom web portal always check your advanced meeting settings. In “meeting details” select the meeting options that will best fit your class format:

    • Allow join before host
    • Allow screen sharing
    • Allow or limit chat
    • Allow or limit annotations
    • Allow recording

Before class starts use the waiting room feature to prevent Zoom bombing, but be strategic. For instance, you can add an image or logo and a description. Make the image either something representative of your course or you and make the description a curiosity inspiring question so students are thinking and solving problems as they wait to be admitted to the class.

Encourage camera use but do not require it. Often students prefer to turn off the camera in the large class but turn it on in breakout rooms. Keep in mind that students may have connectivity issues that prevent them from using the camera. They may also have a device that does not allow for virtual backgrounds and they may not wish to show their personal space.

Coach and model online netiquette. For some netiquette guidelines, you can use in your course check out the teach.ufl.edu website. Use this Netiquette Guide for Online Courses (.doc) as a starting point to clarify your course policies regarding expected student behavior.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Consider accessibility when presenting and recording. You can enable closed captions, which allows your notetaker to transcribe what’s being said in real-time. You can also enable Automatic Live Transcription, but keep in mind that it should be used for accessibility, not for accommodation.

Remember that students access the Zoom interface from different kinds of devices, including mobile phones, tablets, and laptops, so your verbal descriptions should account for those differences.

For more information on using Zoom visit other chapters in the UF Instructor Guide. Topics covered include:

  1. How to Pre-Load Students into Breakouts
  2. Can Students Use Zoom?
  3. Recurring Zoom meetings
  4. Does Zoom Have Polling Options?
  5. How can I enable raise hand and other non-verbal features?
  6. How do I play a video in Zoom?
  7. What do I do if students are muted in the Breakout Rooms?
  8. How do I see my students?

Using Zoom to Make Learning Magic

Join us as we share how-tos and best practices for teaching in Zoom. Learn strategies for using Zoom features like breakout rooms and polls that can help to engage students in active learning and connect with each other.

Alexandra Bitton-Bailey: Using Zoom to Make Learning Magic (37:46)

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