In this post we look at video conferencing, focusing on Zoom, IU’s web conferencing and collaboration tool.
Some reasons to use video conferencing in your class include:
- Participate in a class while you are out of town
- Hold office hours online
- Set up peer tutoring sessions so that students can help one another
- Hold online review sessions. Record these so that students who missed the session can see and hear what was discussed.
- Engage with a guest speaker from anywhere in the world
- Facilitate student group work
- Have students give final presentations online, or hold a mini-conference as an alternative end-of-semester project
- Connect students to other classes, domestic or international, for discussion about topics related to both courses
Zoom provides high-quality audio and video and is available to all IU students, faculty, and staff. Zoom’s breakout rooms, where students can interact with one another in discussion or on projects, facilitate group work.
Instructors can get anonymous feedback from students via Zoom’s simple polling tool. Whiteboard and annotation tools also allow instructors to share and gather information from students. Zoom is integrated into Canvas, and soon meeting recordings can be used directly in your course site using Kaltura, IU’s new cloud-based video management system.
To learn more about Zoom, attend our Video Conferencing with Zoom: Engaging Your Students Online workshop on June 16th. If you’d prefer, you can also consult with CITL professional staff about using video conferencing in your teaching. Check out the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning site to get updates on other upcoming events, find additional teaching resources, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter.