Zoom Skilz

Collected here are some skills which are good to know when using Zoom.

Probably the most important thing you can do is this: Every time you visit a setting or preference, spend a few additional moments to consider other available preferences and settings. You may discover something else of immediate value, and you will be primed to know it exists and be primed to find it again when needed.

Zoom is an evolving tool. Descriptions here are goal oriented rather than detailed recipes. Details are subject to change.

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Precise language makes for more useful communication here. I have found it useful to distinguish among:
  • People
    • a flesh and blood Person
    • Person with a particular Role in a setting
  • Devices
    • Desktop (Laptop) Computer (e.g. Mac, Windows, Linux)
    • Tablet (e.g. iPad, Samsung tablet)
    • Phone (e.g. iPhone, Android Phone)
  • Zoom Jargon
    • Participant a Device which may have an additional Role assigned to it
      • (Host)
      • (Co-Host)

Things to do before April 6th

For Zoom Meetings, especially as they are to be used for office hours

  1. Open Zoom and adjust camera and audio settings (note you can change the background, choose to mirror your image (or not), the latter will be important if you want people to read from your camera).
  2. Create a Zoom Meeting and invite others to participate in it.
  3. Find a way to show written mathematical work in progress (e.g. using a Tablet, using a camera pointing at a piece of paper on which you are writing.
  4. Interact with Participants chat, raised hands, toggling video and audio on and off.
  5. Save the Meeting as appropriate in various ways: record the Meeting, save the chat, save the white board.
  6. Create and manage Breakout Rooms. Note especially that Breakout Rooms can only be Created by a Desktop (Laptop) Device designated as (Host). Mastering this in your context may involve another Person to whom (Host) is delegated.
  7. *Know where to share the Invitation to your Zoom Meeting.

For preparation of Course Materials

  1. Record videos and perform minor edits to them such as cutting the beginning and the end (on Mac QuickTime is simple to use, you can use Kaltura but saving edits is lengthy).
  2. Know where to upload your materials in Canvas.
  3. Use Kaltura to upload videos Kaltura is integrated into Canvas, students do not need to download the Video and helps assure conformance with Copyright and FIRPA rules.

Other things to Know

  1. Details of the online version of your course, so you can respond to studentsí questions.
  2. Your role in the online version of the course.
  3. *The new due dates of assignments
  4. End Date of your work commitment

-- Dick Furnas - 2020-03-26


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