Distance Education Weekly Tips
Scheduling and Zoom tools you can use to to make your classes more engaging -- Week One
--Remember to schedule your Zoom classes and office hours through Blackboard so students can easily find them, https://suffolku.blackboard.com/.
--Students can raise their hand (blue hand available in participants window) and unmute themselves to actively engage in class.
--You can turn-off private (1:1) chat and still allow students to ask questions visible ONLY to the host (that's you), https://suffolk.zoom.us/
Toolbar Features & Zoom Polling -- Week Two
--Pause your recording during breaks so you'll only have one recording for your class. For example, if you send students to breakout rooms, pause the recording so you won't have footage of the empty main session.
--Questions added to the same poll will appear consecutively on screen, so students will be able to see all questions. Create separate polls to have students answer questions one at a time.
--Access and use annotations or whiteboard to write and share notes while using screen-share. You can even use the annotation tools when using screen-share with programs like Word, PowerPoint, and OneDrive.
Zoom Recordings & Transcripts -- Week Four
Pre-assigning and Managing Breakout Rooms -- Week Five
--Remember to go to the master settings at http://suffolk.zoom.us to enable Breakout Rooms and enable the ability to pre-assign breakout rooms (Hint: use ctrl+f to search the Settings page for "Breakout Rooms" to easily find the setting).
--If you'll be using the same discussion groups in Breakout Rooms all semester, pre-assign the rooms by choosing Breakout Room Pre-Assign when scheduling or editing a meeting. You can assign them manually or use a spreadsheet.
--Only the meeting's host can create, open, and manage breakout rooms during a meeting; however, your co-host can move to different Breakout Rooms to help students.
Spotlight Video, Pin Video, and Custom Gallery -- Week Eight
- Spotlight Video:you can now spotlight up to 9 videos, which will make those speakers the primary speakers for all attendees. This is great for when you have a panel of speakers.
- Pin Video:You can now also pin up to 9 videos. This means those speakers will only be in primary view for you, not your participants. This is perfect for when you want to see students who are on call, but the rest of the class doesn't need to.
- Custom Gallery View:I've saved the best for last! Now, you can rearrange your students' video windows when you are using Gallery View. This means you can rearrange the videos almost any way you'd like (you can still only see 49 videos on a single screen, though), whether that's alphabetical, students on call, or a different configuration.
Updating Zoom and New Features -- Week Nine
- Updating the Zoom Desktop App: We've made a cheat sheet (attached to this email) to help walk you through updating Zoom. Updates are not automatic, so make sure to check periodically to see if you are running the latest version of Zoom.
- Self-select Breakout Room: This is a feature coming with the new update on Monday, 9/21. You will be able to create breakout rooms with the option for participants to self-select which breakout room they would like to join. If enabled, participants can move freely between breakout rooms, without needing the host’s help. This is not a feature you have to enable. Once the update is complete, we'll be putting together a cheat sheet explaining this option.
- Customized View in Meeting: Last week we sent you tips on customizing what you and your students see during a meeting. Remember to update Zoom to use these features.