Follow these etiquette tips to help ensure a focused and effective Zoom meeting.
Before the Meeting
- Dress to impress. While it might be tempting to wear pajamas since you’re learning remotely, consider wearing classroom-appropriate clothing to any Zoom meeting you attend. Dress for your Zoom lecture the way you would for an in-person class, especially if your video is on.
- Adjust your lighting and frame your cameras correctly. Make sure there is enough light in the room so that your video isn’t shadowy 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 isn’t distracting.
- Be prepared for the session. Review the course syllabus for necessary information or assignments you need to complete before the session begins.
During the Meeting
- Look into the camera when you are speaking or presenting to the class. We tend to look at the video feed instead of the camera. This makes it seem like our attention is elsewhere. Making direct eye contact into the camera is the equivalent of looking someone in the eye.
- Mute your microphone when not speaking. Most microphones can pick up minor background noises, like typing, coughs, or sneezes. These sounds can easily distract fellow classmates from learning and instructors from teaching. Consider using the Zoom “Mute Microphone” options when you’re not speaking.
- Use Zoom chat functions. Send messages and questions to your instructor and classmates using Zoom’s chat box. Remember the chat box is public to everyone in the course so be mindful of what your say. If you’d like to send a private message to the instructor or a classmate, make sure to send a private message within the chat box.
- If you are asked to share your screen or give a presentation, be mindful of what is on your screen (i.e. personal Instagram page, personal wallpaper photos on your laptop).
- Think about your actions on the camera. Always remember that everyone in the meeting can see you if your video is on. Pay attention to distracting movements or behaviors that can disrupt the class (i.e. filing your nails, biting into a sandwich).
- Be mindful of other participants in the meeting. Allow other students time and the opportunity to contribute to the discussion and share their ideas with the group.
- Have a pen and paper handy to take notes. You never know when an instructor will say something important and meaningful.
- Pay attention. Don’t get distracted by checking emails and working on another task while your instructor or fellow classmates are speaking or presenting on Zoom. Stay in the present moment so that you can get the most out of your learning experience.