Follow these etiquette tips to help ensure a focused and effective Zoom meeting.
Before your Meeting
- Dress to impress. While it might be tempting to wear sweatpants since you’re working remotely, consider wearing work-appropriate clothing to any Zoom meeting you attend. Your colleagues and students expect you to have a professional appearance. Dress for your Zoom meeting the way you would for an in-person meeting.
- Adjust your lighting and frame your cameras correctly. Make sure there is enough light in the room so that your video isn’t dark and unwatchable. Frame your camera in a way that feels natural and allows you to look at the camera. Sit at eye level to the lens.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Be mindful of what may appear in the background of your Zoom video conference, such as a pile of laundry on the floor. Make sure your background is professional and work-appropriate.
During your Meeting
- Look into the camera. We tend to look at the video feed instead of the camera. This makes it seem like our attention is elsewhere. Direct eye contact into the camera gives students the impression that you’re looking at them and listening to them, which creates a more engaging environment.
- Mute your microphone when not speaking. Most microphones can pick up minor background noises, like typing, coughs, or sneezes. These sounds can easily distract students from learning. Consider using the Zoom “Mute Microphone” options when you’re not speaking.
- Use Zoom chat functions. Send messages and questions to everyone using Zoom’s chat function or privately message a participant.
- Think about your actions on the camera. Always remember that everyone in the meeting can see you. Pay attention to distracting movements or behaviors that can disrupt the class (i.e. filing your nails, biting into a sandwich).
- Pay attention. Don’t get distracted by checking emails and working on other tasks while your students are speaking or presenting on Zoom. Stay in the present moment so that your students feel respected and valued.