Getting Started in Zoom
Academic Technology for the FAS has a page full of resources on teaching via Zoom, including sign ups for remote trainings and advice about how to execute particular teaching moves through the toll (e.g. sharing slides).
Boardwork and Document Cameras
Two face-to-face teaching moves which might seem difficult to replicate via Zoom are (1) boardwork (i.e. chalk- or whiteboarding out the solutions to problems in real time), and (2) show and tell (i.e. allowing students to observe and inspect an object at close range). While they are not perfect replacements, there are ways that Zoom does allow for at least some approximation of both of these experiences: by tethering a phone, tablet, and/or document camera to your main desktop.
- A tethered tablet (particularly if you also have a stylus) allows you to work problems by hand on the screen, saving your work for later upload to Canvas.
- A tethered document camera (which could be a proper document camera, or a smartphone with its camera app selected) allwos you to share objects as well as documents and manipulate them for remote observers.
We demonstrate how to execute both of these solutions on our Boardwork page.
Managing Class Recordings
Once you end a Zoom session that has been recorded in the cloud, you have a few easy options for organizing links to the recordings through your Canvas site.
Option 1: Publishing Links at Zoom
Pros: Fewest steps
- Click on Zoom in the sidebar at your Canvas site, which will take you to the Zoom web page tied to your course (in Safari you might be prompted to open Zoom in a new window)
- Click on the Cloud Recordings tab (the tab farthest to the right)
- Slide the toggle under Publish to the right for any class recordings you want students to have access to
- That’s it! Any recordings that have been published are now visible to students in the Cloud Recordings tab when they select the Zoom button within the Canvas site for your course.
Option 2: Organizing Links in Canvas
Pros: Keeps links within your course’s Canvas site
Cons: Requires a couple of additional steps
- When your class recording has been processed, you should get an email that has a URL you can use to share the recording with students
- These links can be organized in your Canvas site, e.g., as external URLs in a module or you can embed them as hotlinks in a page within a module