Teaching Virtually Using Zoom

With the pandemic, you have likely been forced to move to a model of teaching which includes virtual sessions. While we have offered training that many of you have taken advantage of, there continue to be some interesting developments related to using Zoom for teaching, either due to their constant upgrades or our new perceptions of how we can most effectively achieve student learning.

For instance, recent changes by Zoom have complicated the Host/cohost/alternate host status and what that means for your Zoom session.  Joanne Caione-Keating at Widener University comments on this:

Here’s my understanding:
A cohost is different than an alternative host. The alternative host has all the same privileges but needs to be set up when the meeting is created. Cohost can be anyone and applied during a meeting, even a student, as long as they have a licensed account just like the host. A meeting has no controls unless the host or alternative host is present.

Adult Degree Completion programs, in most cases, will be returning to the classroom for the fall, however, it remains to be seen what that will look like and how many of these on-ground students will fully move back to a full on-ground experience or demand some kind of hybrid experience. Enhancing your skills to teach in a virtual environment seems like a good idea as the nature of what higher education looks like continues to evolve.

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