Running a Zoom session

Last updated: March 26, 2021, 1:37 p.m.

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Before you begin

Equipment checklist

You will need the following equipment to run virtual classes online:

  • a desktop or laptop computer
  • a reliable Internet connection
  • a microphone
  • camera (optional)

Concordia will be using Zoom to host online virtual classes. You must activate your Zoom enhanced licence before using Zoom for the first time.

Tips for running a Zoom session

  • Before you begin, have all files, web pages, etc. open to save time during the session.
  • Create a slide at the beginning of your PowerPoint presentation with any important information for the lesson or week to display in the minutes before you start the lecture
  • Test if students can hear you before you begin. Do this by asking students to type "yes" in the chat box or clicking the "thumbs up" icon.
  • Remind Participants to mute their mic (if not already done) when they are not speaking.
  • Plan a two-minute (or more) stretch or coffee break after every 40- 60 minutes.

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How to Suspend Participant Activities in Zoom

Zoom has a simple security feature that allows the host to suspend all participant activities during a class meeting.

Using Zoom to capture specialized content

When set to capture your Desktop, Zoom will capture anything on your screen, including software you may be using to write specialized content. For example, the open-source software Formulator writing mathematical formulas or the online whiteboard Bitpaper for doing more advanced annotations than what's possible in Zoom. You can also run your Zoom meeting form a tablet to display drawing and annotations.

Tip for using a tablet: Start the meeting from your desktop and run the meeting as usual. Join the meeting from your tablet without signing in. From your desktop, make your table user "co-host" so you can toggle between the two devies for sharing slides on your desktop and drawing/annotating on your tablet.


Meeting basics

Make sure you have scheduled your meetings in Moodle ahead of time. Refer to Scheduling Virtual Course Meetings Through Moodle for step-by-step Instructions.

Meeting advanced

Using interactive features in Zoom

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