Zoom for Teaching: 3 Quick Tips for Student Engagement


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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

  • 2) Screen-sharing

    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.

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