“I used Zoom for a live lecture with 43 students and it was fantastic. They loved that they didn’t have to come in with the snow. One was actually on a bus with wifi!!” – Zehra Ahmed, School of Health Professions
Yesterday’s snowstorm, which caused the the New York campuses to close on the first day of the spring semester, makes it an opportune time to introduce Zoom HD videoconferencing. I’ve written about it before, and would like to share with you some of the ways that faculty and staff at NYIT have been using this tool.
First, a little background on what Zoom is, and why you might want to consider trying it out with your students:
Zoom allows you to videoconference with up to 25 people at a time. Participants can join the meeting from a desktop computer (PC or Mac), a mobile device (Android or iOS), a phone, or from one of our distance learning rooms. You can toggle between a ‘speaker view’ and a ‘gallery view’ that enables you to see all 25 participants at once.
Zoom allows you to share your computer screen, and annotate it during the meeting. For example, an architecture professor could ask a student to share her designs with the class, and could annotate the drawings as part of a critique. An engineering professor might display a circuit diagram, and use the virtual pointer to draw the students’ attention to a specific part of the image.
You can record the meeting, and place the recording online for the benefit of students who can’t be there in real-time. Alternatively, you can record a quick demonstration, or a review of a problem set, and put it online as a tutorial.
The only person who needs an account is the person who hosts the meeting. Everyone else simply clicks on a link that you email to them. As the meeting host, you can look back at the list of people who attended the meeting — good for taking attendance at a virtual class session.
Here are some of the ways our faculty and staff have been putting this tool to use:
Everyone with an NYIT email address has a basic account, which has the full feature set but limits meetings to 40 minutes. The Center for Teaching and Learning can set you up with a Pro license if you’d like to have longer meetings - just contact Fran Glazer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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