The COVID-19 pandemic has recently presented several challenges to both educators and learners in delivering and acquiring knowledge and information virtually. Many organizations have adapted to using videoconferencing platforms such as Zoom to stay connected. However, Zoom is going beyond a traditional online meeting tool, and being adapted by educators to facilitate learning online. While Zoom offers many useful features, some users may not necessarily be aware of how to implement them. CPD has produced a new Quick Tip as a guide to help both first-time and frequent users enable better and secure virtual learning environments.
Before you can dive into the vast features offered, one of the first few steps you will take is setting up your meeting to invite participants. During this step there are necessary security measures to consider as a result of recent concerns around “Zoombombing”. Taking the recommended steps in the guide will assist in creating a secure meeting to avoid or limit unwanted visitors in your online classroom.
You may want to imitate an in-person teaching environment and encourage engagement. This can be done by implementing interactive features such as video, audio, screensharing, and small working groups to augment the learning experience. In addition, there may be a need to archive meeting content for participants that were unable to join. Zoom offers a neat feature to easily record the entire meeting. However, to ensure compliance and security there are particular settings that must be reviewed beforehand.
For a detailed overview of Zoom tips and tricks you can integrate in your next virtual classroom, click here.
This Quick Tip is part of CPD’s Quick Tips for program design series. Visit our Quick Tips Resources webpage to review all of the tips to help you create your best program.