Answered By: Jeana Rogers
Last Updated: Apr 24, 2017     Views: 135

There are a variety of ways that Zoom can help in an online, blended or traditional face-to-face course. For example, web conferencing provides an easy way to hold office hours without being in the exact same place. This holds true for your course whether it is online or not. Below are a few use cases that you may find helpful in figuring out how web conferencing can help you achieve your teaching and learning goals.

Guest Speaker

Zoom allows you to easily bring in a guest speaker for your course without worrying about the logistics of bringing them to campus. Web conferencing not only allows your students to hear a guest speaker, but interact and ask questions as well. Additionally, Zoom allows you to easily record the session and make it available for review or for students who could not make the initial time.

Office Hours or Virtual Review Sessions

You can easily use Zoom to hold one-on-one or group meetings with your students. Zoom allows you to share your screen so you can discuss course materials, grades and assignments. Web conferencing also makes it easy for your students to ask you questions by showing you the specific content they need clarification on. Expanding beyond the one-on-one office hours, you can also hold a virtual review session with multiple students and record it so that those unable to attend still can access it. All of this allows you to cover student questions in preparation for an assignment or exam without having to use valuable class time.

Group Collaboration Space

Need an easy way for students to work on a group assignment? Students can use Zoom to conduct group meetings and share content without you being present or having to set up the meeting. This is a good way for students to still meet if they can't find a physical room or space for everyone to meet. This is also a great way to connect students in an all online course, or to bring students in different classes — or even universities — together.

Online Class

You can hold a lecture or interactive class entirely online with Zoom. Zoom even allows you to create Breakout Rooms so students can work in smaller groups to answer a question or work on a case study. You can then bring everyone back to the main virtual room to discuss what they worked on. 

Faculty meetings

If you can't make a faculty meeting or planning session Zoom can be used to be there virtually. Collaborate with your colleagues no matter where you or they are. This removes barriers of physical location so that you can be more productive.

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