Dr. Mary Millikin, Rogers State University
As the spring 2021 semester begins with the COVID-19 pandemic persisting, faculty are focusing on providing a better student experience despite lingering challenges to the practice of teaching. Zoom technology has become a standard tool for many, whether used to deliver instruction or meet with colleagues and stakeholders. Numerous videos and newsletters have been created to offer instructions and helpful hints for effective use of Zoom in the classroom. Of particular note is Zoom’s April 2020 newsletter Tips & Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom which outlines guidelines for starting a class and delivering virtual lessons.
Regardless of type of Zoom class, a number of simple, clear policies and practices can minimize logistical confusion and energize the process including:
Perhaps the most important caveat is to remember why we chose the teaching profession. Faculty influence students on a daily basis. Whether virtual or face-to-face, through sharing knowledge and passion we shape the lives of the next generation and beyond.
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Rogers State University Office for Accountability and Academics. (2020). Fall 2020 Survey of Zoom Class Constituent Feedback. Rogers State University: Unpublished raw data.
Stone, E. (2020, August 19). How to overcome classroom Zoom fatigue. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2020/08/19/advice-how-make-zoom-classes-energizing-and-community-building-opinion
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Zoom. (2020, April). Tips & Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom. Retrieved from https://zoom.us/docs/doc/Tips%20and%20Tricks%20for%20Teachers%20Educating%20on%20Zoom.pdf