Zoom has become an ubiquitous tool for creating synchronous learning environments. Below are some suggestions from FHSU instructors on potential tips for best practices for creating a friendly and productive Zoom environment. Please feel free to copy this list to place into your course syllabus.
- Always guard your personal information.
- Test all technology (including camera/video, Wi-Fi, and screen sharing) BEFORE class.
- Try to log online to our class meeting from a quiet, distraction-free environment. We have little time together; let’s try to maximize it!
- Make sure your background is also free from distractions. Are there clothes lying around? Did you make your bed?
- Dress as you would to attend class on campus, and for the comfort of the room where you are working.
- Log online to Zoom using the Zoom link provided by your instructor.
- Keep your Audio on mute until you want to speak. We must work together to limit background noise.
- Enable Video so that we can see you! Your instructor also needs social interaction as they work from their home office!
- When you want to speak, use the “Raise Hand” feature. On the bottom of the Zoom window, click on “Participants.” Be sure to unmute yourself to talk.
- Use the Chat box to make a point or ask a question. Remember that Chat is public and may be recorded and archived. Avoid using the chat box as a private instant messaging system; instead, keep all communications in this channel relevant to the instruction.
- Have a plan for taking notes (paper and pencil, digital notepad, Word/Pages doc).
- Appropriate classroom behavior is expected in our virtual classroom.
For a downloadable PDF of this list, follow this link.