Teaching with Zoom: in-meeting guide

This in-meeting guide is designed for new Zoom users to facilitate Zoom meeting immediately. There are various strategies may be optimized for your teaching needs.

Ten-minute before your class meeting

  1. Set up your technology devices
  2. Login to your SJSU Zoom
  3. Click the Start button to launch a Zoom session

To get ready

  1. Open your Powerpoint slides (similar to the way you teach in the classroom)
  2. Connect to audio conference
    - Click the Join Audio icon to select your audio conference: You have options to use phone or computer audio
    - Select Test the speakers and microphone button, ensure it works, and connect to audio conference

Class starts

  1. Click the Start Video icon to turn on your video and Stop Video to turn off your video: It is recommended that you turn on your video for at least 15 minutes since it can help students feel more engaging with the class, rathan than just listening to your lecture
    (Notes: For the first day of online class, please give a Zoom tour to your students and share them your class and digital citizenship expectations
  2. Click the Record button to record your lecture
  3. Click Participants to view your students' list
  4. Click Share Screen button to share your screen, either select the shared screen to share your screen or select Whiteboard to annotate (for demonstration purpose)
  5. For communication purpose: Ask online students raise hands, use Chat panel, or unmute themselves for interaction and communication

image of zoom control bar

Before the end of class meeting

  1. Recap lecture
  2. Click Stop icon to stop recording
  3. Click the End Meeting button to end up the meeting

The next day

  1. Go to your Zoom or Canvas Zoom to find the lecture recording and disable the recording download option (the gif instruction can be found via /zoom page)
  2. Copy your lecture recording link
  3. Paste your recording on your Canvas Modules

Online Teaching Recommendations

Students should receive the equal education quality and opportunities no matter if students attend class in-person or online. They should be able to listen to the lecture clearly, view, follow the presentation slides, and communicate with their instructor and peers.

It is recommended that online instructors 

  • Use headsets to avoid background noise and for better audio quality
  • Use whiteboard for demonstration (option: a document camera or a tablet)
  • Create breakout sessions for group activities 
  • Ensure lecture recording with closed captions (must)
  • Enable video feature at least 15 minute
  • Create an alternative plan for technology challenges or network issues and talk to your students about your plan (highly recommended). For example, your class will be cancelled if technology challenges or the internet keeps disconnecting longer than 20 minutes. And, let students know you will record the lecture and post the recording link to the Canvas course module on the next day