The Definitive Guide to Zoom Teaching 2021

Theoretical Underpinnings

Definitive Guide to Zoom Teaching in 2021

  • Lectures are old fashioned. Coaching and facilitating are the new norm;
  • Project-based learning is the best way to learn — through an integrated approach;
  • Students need to be challenged to go outside their comfort zones;
  • Learners need to be highly motivated;
  • Participants should engage in collaborative teamwork;
  • Iteration, scaffolding and critical inquiry are paramount for achieving outcomes.

1. Get Support!

  • deliver course materials
  • respond quickly to questions from multiple sources
  • use communication tools
  • create breakout rooms for group discussions &
  • deal with unexpected technical challenges.

2. Prepare and Practice Before Class

  • Switch views;
  • Switch between applications;
  • Pre-load your PPT and other screen share content;
  • Create breakout rooms.

3. Set Up Dual Monitors

4. Use “Gallery View” to Connect with Participants

5. Use “Share Desktop” for Screen Sharing

6. Encourage Students to Keep Cameras ON

7. Actively Monitor and Fully Utilize the Zoom Chat

i. “Written answers to spoken questions”

ii. “Auto-save” for post-class follow-up

iii. Chat in the Breakout Rooms

7. Utilize Nonverbal Feedback — “Reactions”

  • Clapping Hands
  • Thumbs up
  • Heart
  • Tears of Joy
  • Open Mouth
  • Party Popper (Tada, Celebration)
  • Yes
  • No
  • Slower
  • Faster
  • Raise Hand / Lower Hand

8. Use “Polls” function

  • Creating an ice-breaker at the start of class
  • Let your class vote on what they want to do
  • Get feedback on your class

9. Require Authorized Users

  • Checking attendance becomes easy to manage.
  • It is easy to set up pre-assigned breakout rooms.

10. Set Custom Names

11. Be a Breakout Room Rock Star!

i. Master the breakout room! Better than real life?



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