How can I teach my students to use Zoom?
Chances are most of your students have used video chat software like FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangouts to communicate with friends and loved ones. That will be a different experience than using web conferencing for scholarly purposes.
Do not assume that your students know how to use Zoom for learning.
Share this quick intro with your students to get them started in Zoom: Quick Intro to Zoom for Tufts Students
NOTE: its important that you and your students follow these instructions on how to log into Zoom using single-sign-on with your Tufts account: How do I log into Zoom?
Give your students a tour of Zoom during your first class session and teach them how to mute and unmute themselves. See: Attendee Controls in a Meeting
Determine if you are going to require your students to have their computer or mobile device webcams on during your the whole class session, or if you are going to allow them to turn video off. Set that as a class rule during your first Zoom meeting. See: Attendee Controls in a Meeting
Choosing a Space
Remind your students to be mindful about what is happening behind them when their webcams are on, particularly when it comes to roommates, friends, partners who may unwittingly be in the background. For additional guidance have them read: What spaces can I use Zoom in? and How can I set a virtual background in my Zoom video?
Raising a Hand
Let students know how you want them to get your attention in a Zoom meeting. In small classes, some professors ask students to raise their hands on their web cameras. Others ask students to unmute themselves and simply chime in. In larger classes, you may want to consider enabling Zoom’s built-in nonverbal feedback icons. See: How do I review Zoom's additional settings? and Non-Verbal Feedback During Meetings
Demonstrate to your students that to maintain eye contact in Zoom they should look at their webcams when possible, not their screens. See: Video Meeting Etiquette
Setting Ground Rules
Set some ground rules on how you want your students to use Zoom's chat feature, and consider disabling the private chat setting, unless you want your students to be able to send one-to-one messages to other students without you seeing them. See: How do I review Zoom's additional settings? and Zoom (Webinar) Chat
Show your students how to have the Zoom window and a notepad app open simultaneously. See: How can I take notes when using Zoom?
This quick intro will get your students started: Quick Intro to Zoom for Tufts Students