Help with using Zoom
Last updated: July 30, 2020, 11:51 p.m.
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These are the features your professor might use in your virtual Zoom class. As a participant your screen may look a little different.
To share files and documents on your screen with students, follow these steps:
1. When you are ready to share any documents or websites, click Share.
A window appears with all your opened documents.
2. Select the appropriate document and click Share.
Note: Only one document can be shared at a time
Note: If you are displaying a PowerPoint slide deck, select “Slideshow” mode for optimal viewing.
3. To stop displaying the document to your students, click Stop Share.
4. If at any point you want to share another document, repeat steps 2 and 3.
It is recommended to pause your lecture every 10 to 15 minutes to address student questions in the Chat box, particularly during long lectures. When you do this, tell students what you are doing. For example, say “I am going to pause for a moment to look through the chat to see if there are any questions.” Alternatively, you can designate the last 10 – 15 minutes at the end of the class for questions.
To open the chat box, click on the Chat icon in the bottom navigation bar.
There many be several situations where you might like to make other participants in your session a co-host A co-host can share their screen, so it may be necessary in the following situations:
- asking your TA to run a session or a partial session
- asking students to give a presentation or share something online
- hosting a guest speaker
To make a specific participant a co-host, follow these steps:
1. With your Zoom meeting open, locate the Participants window and open it to display the list of participants.
2. From the participant list, hover over the participant who you want to give co-hosting privileges to.
3. Click More.
Options appear for this participant.
4. Click Make Co-Host.
That participant now has all the same options for the meeting as you have, including being able to share the desktop.
*****Please DO NOT select Make Host. You will lose your control over the meeting.*****
Some TAs may have difficulties accessing Zoom meetings through Moodle depending on their assigned role in Moodle or their email address associated with Moodle. If TAs have problem, they can follow the instructions below:
1. After logging into Moodle, click ton your name in the top right-corner.
The user menu appears.
2. Click Switch Role to…
TAs should now be able to access the Zoom Session via the Moodle link.
To revert back to your default role, click on your name and click Return to my normal role.
Zoom is configured to automatically mute all participants upon entry to the meeting space (your virtual classroom). However, students may unmute themselves at any time.
The following workflow will help ensure students are able to ask questions and maintain an orderly discussion:
Begin each virtual session with a brief reminder: (perhaps a PPT slide that you screen share with students at the beginning of every session)
Student mics should be muted at all times. *You can explain that the background noise will be distracting for everyone.
Show students how they can raise their hand during the class at any time with the following instructions:
Instructions for students who wish to ask a question:
1. Hover your mouse over the Dashboard (on the bottom of your screen)
2. Click on the Participants icon
3. Click on the Raise Hand icon.
4. When the instructor is ready to take your question, you will receive a prompt asking you to allow the instructor permission to unmute your mic.
Instructions for Faculty to Answer Student Questions:
1. Hover your mouse over the Dashboard (on the bottom or top of your screen)
2. Click on the Participants icon
3. You will see a list of participants and students who have raised their hands will appear at the top of the list (in the descending order).
4. Hover your mouse over the student name and click Unmute. The student will be asked if you can unmute them. Once they click Agree, their mic will be unmuted and they can ask their question.
5. As they ask their question, hover your mouse over their name and click Lower Hand and Mute.