SERIES | REBECCA’S ONLINE TEACHING TIPS
If you are looking for ways to connect with peers or students from a distance, WSU supports Zoom video conferencing. All you need is access to the Internet, headphones with a microphone, and (optional but ideal) access to an internal or external webcam.
Meeting with a small group of students is easy with Zoom. They can join from any device (phone, computer, tablet) – with or without video capability. Here are 3 ways you can use Zoom as part of your instruction:
1) Office hours
Set a time (or multiple times) each week that you will hold office hours. Schedule a Zoom call for the time block you choose and share the Zoom access info with your students so they can join in. >> Learn more
Share your screen to deliver a live lecture, orient students on assignments, or walk through a tutorial. >> Learn more
Note: You can record your Zoom sessions, save it on the Cloud and share the file with students unable to attend. >> Learn more
3) Control their screen
Zoom has a feature where you can take “remote control” of individual student screens. This is great when helping a student troubleshoot a technical issue. It gives the instructor the option to “take the wheel” and operate the student’s computer as you help them navigate through a problem. For example, I have used the remote control option when assisting a student with setting up Google Analytics on their Weebly website. >> Learn more
Check out Zoom’s Blog and their “education” category for more great tips and techniques.
- The Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation is offering face to face and virtual training to help WSU faculty prepare to deliver their courses at a distance. At present, trainings are scheduled for 8:00 a.m., noon, and 4:00 p.m. daily in Spark 102 and through Zoom.
- Headset with a microphone: inexpensive earbuds like these work fine
- Integrated webcam: inexpensive external webcam like this works well
This post is part of Rebecca L. Cooney’s Online Teaching Tips series. Check out more tips in the “Online Teaching Tips” category.