Zoom is KGI’s easy-to-use video conferencing platform that provides high definition, interactive collaboration tools, and telephone conferencing to use for communication and collaboration. If you need more information beyond this online Faculty Guide, you can also access Zoom’s 30-page “Getting Started with Zoom” PDF guide.
Teaching with Zoom you can:
Zoom makes holding live (synchronous) classes and meetings online possible. As KGI’s easy-to-use video conferencing platform, Zoom provides high-definition, interactive collaboration tools and telephone conferencing to use for hosting your classes.
Access and launch Zoom directly from https://kgi.zoom.us/. If you do not have a Zoom account, contact KGI’s IT team at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can set up one for you.
When communicating with your students through email about the online class, you’ll need to send out the Zoom URL that is associated with your profile. Once logged in, go to profile and look for the URL that has a 10-digit number at the end (for example: kgi.zoom.us/j/2248234548). This is the URL that you will send to students via email. You should also add this URL to your course Sakai page and in the course syllabus.
Securing your Personal Meeting Link
It’s recommended that you set your Personal Meeting ID to not allow students to join the class before you and/or to create a waiting room for them. This also will prevent students from accessing your class link while you’re using it for another class. Login to your Zoom account, select the Meetings > Personal Meeting Room from the menu on the left to disable the “Join before host” setting and “Enable waiting room.”
At the most basic level, all you and your students need to use Zoom is a laptop or mobile device with Wi-Fi and built-in webcam and microphone.
The following equipment will enhance your experience but is not necessary:
Below is a sample message that can be sent to students who contact you directly with questions about accessing the course:
“Our class is currently meeting on Zoom at the regularly scheduled time. You can access the Zoom course here: [insert your Zoom URL here]. Further instructions are available in KGI’s online Zoom guide for students.”
To find your Zoom URL: Once logged in, go to profile and look for the URL that has a 10-digit number at the end (for example: kgi.zoom.us/j/2248234548).
And it’s going to be okay.
Here are the top three problems that make up the majority of Zoom issues and how you can address them before they happen:
Your best first stop for tech support?
Let’s put that critical thinking to work.
If you’re still experiencing trouble, KGI’s IT team is available to assist you. You may reach them at: email@example.com.
Just as in an in-person class, it is important to have procedures to get started and set expectations with your students.
At the beginning of class, remind your students of basic Zoom etiquette:
Assign students roles to help you host the meeting so you can focus on teaching such as:
Select a Video Layout that is best suited for your class. The more students can see you and each other, the more connected they feel as a class and the more likely they are to stay on task. You can view up to 25 students at a time in Gallery view.
Consider recording your class so that students can rewatch and review what they learned after class. First, confirm with your students that they have your permission to record the class session. Guide for Recording in Zoom.
Credit to the University of Minnesota Information Technology Department
No one wants to sit through a straight lecture session for 60 minutes, and in fact, such a class session design doesn’t leverage the fact that you have all your students there and present. You can use the features of Zoom to guide different types of interactive activities. These activities offer variety to break up a long class session, and they offer different means of expression, a universal design principle.
Draw on the whiteboard, or ask students to contribute to a whiteboard as a means of engaging them differently in the discussion.
Note: whiteboard activity is completely inaccessible to people who use screen readers. If you use this feature, be prepared to read aloud all the contributions so that everyone can see and /or hear them. And, you’ll need to take a screenshot of each whiteboard if you want to save it.
Zoom has basic annotation tools (text box, free form draw/pen, shapes, and highlighter) that you can use to guide students around a visual display (such as a website) or explain a concept. Access these from the Share Desktop function.
Note: screen annotations are not accessible for screen reader users. If you use this feature, be sure to use accessible presentation best practices: say exactly what you’re doing while you’re doing it, e.g., “I’m drawing a big red circle around the login button on this web page.”
Set up polls in advance and launch them at specific times during your class session, the same way you’d use clicker questions to introduce a new section of a lecture.
Backchanneling refers to having a synchronous conversation while something else is happening. For example, people sometimes live-tweet their reactions to a presidential debate as it is being broadcast. Using the chat tool as a backchannel can give students agency and encourage engagement by allowing more students to interact with the live activity, rather than just listening.
Some uses of backchannel:
You can use Zoom’s breakout rooms functionality to have students do group work. As the instructor, you can “travel” from one breakout room to the next, broadcast messages to various rooms, and end the breakout sessions when it is time to regroup.
Plan for a synchronous course session just as you would plan for an in-person class. Here is a sample agenda for a 60-minute synchronous course session. You might want to share your agenda with students ahead of time, so they know what to expect.
Yes, the first step is to enable “Automatic Recording”
To watch the recording, select “Recordings” on the left navigation
The KGI Marketing team is also interested in watching the classes and pulling audio/video higlights to share on social media and in admissions email campaigns so that prospective students can get a sample of KGI course content.
If you are open to this, add the class recording to this Box folder and the KGI Marketing team will edit highlight clips and then send those to you for final approval before posting anything publicly.