Host Virtual Class Meetings
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Zoom is a free video conferencing software that is available to instructors and students and is even integrated into Blackboard!
You can sign up for a free account with your WSU Tech email, allowing you to host meetings with up to 100 participants, for an unlimited time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you wish to use Zoom integrated with Blackboard, you are limited to a 40 minute session. We are working on obtaining more PRO accounts which will allow for unlimited sessions in Blackboard.
IN the meantime, WSU Tech does have Department Pro Accounts that are available for faculty use, if you require a longer recording time than 40 minutes. Please contact ITAS@wsutech.edu for information about these accounts.
Quick but thorough video guides on getting started in Zoom.
This in-depth guide will prepare you for using Zoom on either a PC or Mac device.
This video will walk you through the steps to use Zoom in Blackboard.
Protecting the Privacy of K-12 Students
Virtual Waiting Rooms
We highly recommend enabling the Waiting Room feature. This security enhancement is one of the best ways to protect your Zoom virtual classroom by giving you control over who can join your class and when. The virtual Waiting Room can be enabled for every class (in your settings) or for individual classes at the scheduling level. Watch this brief video to learn how to enable Waiting Rooms and manage participants. Select here to watch the video.
Best Practices for Securing Your Virtual Classrooms
Zoom has helped thousands of schools and teachers around the world quickly shift to remote virtual learning. Based on the feedback we’ve received from our education community, we’d like to highlight some best practices for securing your virtual classrooms. Select here to read the blog.
Conference calls are a great way to touch base with a large number of students quickly, and don't necessarily require video.
Use Skype to create a unique link to send to your students, and they can join the same meeting – even if they’re not on Skype. No downloads or sign ups are required.
Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that allows for persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files) between students and faculty
Microsoft Stream is a video service where faculty and students can upload, view, and share videos securely. Faculty can also create live events that can be scheduled, produced and broadcast to students. Recordings of classes, presentations, training sessions, or other videos that aid your classroom collaboration can be shared. Microsoft Stream also makes it easy to share comments on a video, tag timecodes in comments and descriptions to refer to specific points in a video and discuss with students.
Tips for an Effective Virtual Session
One of the biggest challenges in teaching online is keeping students engaged in learning. Thanks to technology, we have many free tools at our fingertips to help us reach students in a multitude of ways. But there is more to student engagement than just fancy tech – it’s also important to focus on best practices for creating effective virtual sessions as well.
This is Part 1 of an e-Learning Blog with excellent information on how to host a successful virtual session.
This is Part 2 of an e-Learning Blog with excellent information on how to host a successful virtual session.