Zoom is an audio and video web conferencing tool that allows you to interact with your students online, in real-time. Zoom can be used in a variety of ways to engage students, create a collaborative learning environment, and create a sense of community online.
Approaches to Using Zoom
Strategizing approaches for using Zoom in your course is a thoughtful process that begins with having a learner-centered mindset. When Zoom is used to create opportunities for active learning, it's most meaningful to students. This includes allowing students to:
- share their personal and professional knowledge and experiences,
- complete activities together and problem solve together as a team,
- Present their work and provide peer review/feedback, and
- reflect on their learning and synthesize information.
Listed below are a few techniques for using live, online Zoom meetings in your course:
Flipped Classroom for Live Meetings
Live meetings allow students to become active participants in their learning, rather than passive listeners to lectures. Keeping this in mind, the Flipped Classroom approach is encouraged for facilitating live, online meetings via Zoom.
In a Flipped Classroom, students review lecture materials as homework BEFORE meeting live with their instructor. Students then spend their live meeting time applying concepts, having lively discussions, working through case studies, sharing experiences related to the subject matter, or completing project work.
If your course relies heavily on lectures and PowerPoint slides, consider delivering some or all of your lectures online through video, while devoting your live meeting time with students to hands-on, collaborative work.