A Comprehensive Zoom Guide

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Using Zoom For Remote Teaching

Using Zoom For Remote Teaching

When instructors can’t deliver classes in person, they can use a video conferencing tool like Zoom to deliver classes. Many instructors like using Zoom for remote teaching because it’s effective and easy to use. In this article, we’ll mention the configuration steps to follow and tips to apply when teaching with Zoom.

Before Class:

  • Install Zoom on your computer and create a Brown Zoom account.
  • Open the course you want to teach in Canvas.
  • Enable zoom course tool by updating the Canvas course.
  • Click on Zoom from the left menu.
  • Click Schedule a New Meeting.
  • a) Enable Join before host under the meeting options. If you don’t enable this feature, students who join the meeting before the instructor will be notified to wait.

    b) Choose Mute participants upon entry. Students who want to contribute to the discussion will have to unmute their mics.

    c) You can add TA(s) as Alternative Host if you want them to start meetings and manage administrative functions during classes.

  • Click Save, and your meeting will be ready.
  • Copy the Invite Attendees Join link and share it to the students.

Preparing to Teach

After scheduling your Zoom meeting, share some preliminary information to your students. Let them know what to prepare. Share your teaching guides and let them know how they should participate during the class.

During Class

If you want your remote class to be engaging, apply all the simple ideas that we’ve highlighted below.

  • Turn on your video to allow your students to see you. If your class size isn’t too large, you can tell your students to turn on theirs also.
  • Click Record on the lower right corner of the screen, and select Record to the cloud.
  • Share images, slides, documents, websites, and other files using the Share Screen tool.
  • Discuss formulas, datasets and videos using the text chat or audio.
  • As an instructor, you can use breakout rooms to split the class into small group room. You can split students into breakout rooms manually or automatically.
  • At the end of the meeting, allow students to exit the class meeting first. If you end the meeting, students may feel like you’re forcing them out of the class. Stay around until every student leaves. Some of them might have a final question to ask, so be ready to answer a few more questions.
  • After Class

    Use learning goals to assess the students, and let them see the assessment when you’re done. In case some students couldn’t attend the class, tell them to watch the recording, so they enjoy a similar lesson as the students who attended.

    Important Tips for Teaching with Zoom

    1. Always choose a quiet environment with good lighting.
    2. Use earbuds with headphones or microphone.
    3. Always notify students of zoom meetings.
    4. Create guidelines and share them with students.


    Zoom is ideal for remote teaching, but the overall success of a virtual class depends on the instructor. Instructors should use the information in this article as a guide whenever they hold online classes.

    Zoom Online Learning During Coronavirus

    Zoom Online Learning During Coronavirus

    If you want to learn from home during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you’ll have to get very comfortable with Zoom. Now that schools have shut down across the globe, teachers and students rely on Zoom to connect for live classes.


    If you weren’t familiar with Zoom before everyone started practicing social distancing, it’s a remote conferencing and screen-sharing tool. Zoom has four price tiers with varying call bandwidth, but during this pandemic, the CEO of Zoom announced that the 40-minute time limit on the free plan would no longer apply to K-12 schools in all countries of the world.

    You can join a Zoom meeting by clicking the link in a meeting invitation or visiting the Zoom website. If you attempt to join a meeting through an invitation link, you’ll be prompted to download the Zoom application if Zoom is not on your computer.

    How to use Zoom for online classes

    Now that there’s no more time limit for K-12 schools, it’s easier than ever to hold online classes. With Zoom, teachers can schedule meetings and classes. Breakout rooms allow teachers to divide Zoom conferences into a separate session with video, audio, and screen-sharing capabilities. Teachers can create up to 50 breakout rooms. The host of the main room can switch from one room to another. Zoom also has features like nonverbal feedback that mimics raising of hands, whiteboarding, and local recording.

    How to Enhance the Look of Zoom Video

    There are two viewing options in Zoom: gallery view and speaker view. The latter seems intimidating for shy people because it enlarges and highlight whoever is speaking at any particular time. Gallery view shows only the thumbnails of every participant in a grid.

    If you want to enhance your look, there is a filter on zoom for that. The filter uses a soft focus to make the skin look smooth.

    You can send clapping or thumbs up reactions to participants by clicking on Reaction from the meeting control panel.

    You can use Snap Camera and Snap Lenses from Snapchat’s app to enhance your look on Zoom. You can choose from thousands of available filters.

    Virtual backgrounds on Zoom

    Zoom offers many virtual backgrounds and allows users to upload their image. To access this feature, look at the bottom left icon of your Zoom room window and click on the arrow up beside Stop Video. From the options that come up, select Virtual Background. You’ll see some preloaded Zoom backgrounds, but if you want to upload yours, click on the plus sign.

    How to use Zoom on an iPhone

    If you can’t access a computer, you can join a Zoom conference from an iPhone. Once you click a Zoom invitation, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app from App Store. Zoom features work on the iPhone just like they do on the laptop. You can schedule meetings, host meetings, and share your screen.


    People can still use Zoom to learn even while the coronavirus pandemic is everywhere.