• Using Zoom, ask students to coach one another (e.g., collaboratively generate a list of keywords for a topic, facets of a complex topic that could be investigated or sources likely to produce information on a given research question.)
• Ask students to teach one research tool to their classmates by sharing their screens in Zoom. It will be important to provide the students with guiding questions ahead of time for this activity.
• Provide the class with a difficult scenario and ask them to apply concepts you've covered to provide a recommendation for action. Zoom breakout rooms can facilitate small group to whole group discussion. For example, you might place students in Zoom breakout rooms to discuss and report back on a specific aspect of the case study.
• Remember to give students options regarding how they choose to participate. For example, in group activities, ask students to select roles they are comfortable with (facilitator, scribe, questioner) when working in small groups.
• If the course requires a research tool demo that is not adequately covered by our existing tutorials, consider recording your demo using the Screen Share option in Zoom. This will allow your students to return to the content at point of need.
• For more ideas, check Indiana University's excellent Canvas module on active learning online.
Zoom is a ubiquitous tool, and it can be employed very effectively for synchronous sessions. However, it's not ideal for all learning scenarios. This page will give you tips for ensuring success if you feel Zoom is your best option for supporting a course while protecting student privacy.
When you are setting up a Zoom meeting, consider making a few tweaks to your settings to ensure the most seamless experience possible for both you as the host and your students as the meeting attendees. For a deeper dive into settings, check out Zoom's documentation here.
This guide outlines the functions of key settings for recording and sharing Zoom class sessions. Use the guide to make decisions about the settings you use.
Note that all Zoom recordings are automatically uploaded to the host's My Media page on UD Capture. Your recordings in My Media are only accessible to you, but you can set them to be accessible to others. Learn more about UD Capture sharing settings here.
When using Zoom for synchronous class sessions, it is important to try to replicate the privacy protections that students and instructors have in an in-person classroom environment, where discussions are not accessible to anyone outside of the class. Recordings should only be available to members of the class, but this standard can be hard to maintain because Zoom provides extensive capabilities to record and share meeting sessions. TALC recommends: