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Here's an article with some of the recommendations & best practices we've put together for Faculty using Zoom.

At the start of each meeting, the host needs to log into their Zoom account with their Geneseo credentials.  It is recommended they check their audio & video settings at this time.  Use of a headset with built-in microphone is strongly recommended for all participants.  This will lead to better quality audio, and reduce the possibility of getting feedback.  When scheduling the session through the Zoom web portal, it’s recommended to select “Mute participants upon entry” in Settings.  That way if a participant enters the meeting late, they won’t disrupt the meeting with unwanted noise.  You can also set video cameras to be muted upon entry for the same reason.

Sharing content

When you’ve started your meeting, you will several options across the bottom of the Zoom application window.  Video & Audio controls should be self-explanatory.  To share another window (your Desktop, a PPT, or Word Doc, etc.), click on the Share button.

After clicking the Share button, you will get a pop-up of the other application windows you have open to select what to share.

Note that while you are screen-sharing, your controls (Mute, Chat, etc.) will be relocated to the top of the screen behind the meeting ID number. 


Video (Camera) recommendations.  Test this in advance.  Check positioning.  Make eye contact as much as possible.  If you’re not in your office, take a look at what’s on the wall behind you to make sure it’s not anything you don’t want to share with your students!  If you’re uncertain, enable Virtual Background.  Zoom has a few images included, but you can add your own.

A couple of other interesting options available to Geneseo account holders are Polls and Break-out rooms.  Both need to be enabled in advance when scheduling the meeting.  If you’re going to use Polls (can be used in the place of quizzes), you should have the questions/answer options prepared in advance.  Break-out rooms are useful for group work.

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