Engaging Your Students with Zoom

As classrooms make the move to a blended or online modality it is important to incorporate interaction through virtual meeting rooms such as Zoom. As faculty teaching in front of the classroom, we welcomed student interaction and lively discussions.  We can incorporate this in our virtual meets as well.  

What Is Zoom?

Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing platform that can be used for video conferencing meetings, audio conferencing, webinars, meeting recordings, and live chat. A “Zoom Meeting” simply refers to a meeting that’s hosted using Zoom, and attendees (students) can join the meeting in-person, via webcam or video conferencing camera, or via phone.

Live Captions for Zoom Pro

Zoom now offers Live Captioning!  Make sure you turn on your settings to allow this feature. Here are the instructions on how to use this feature.

I found a few articles on how to engage students through Zoom…

Strategies to Encourage Student to Turn Their Cameras On – Liz Byron Loya

If you want to incorporate social and emotional learning (SEL) strategies to prompt camera use among your students, start with the recognition that words matter: Our communication with our students needs to be rooted in community, not compliance…

Engaging Students through Zoom– Yale Poorvu Center/Academic Continuity

We encourage you to focus on the intended learning goals for your students as you consider which Zoom strategy to employ. What knowledge do you hope students will attain? What skills will students learn? What viewpoints will students develop? Prioritize approaches that will help your students practice and achieve the learning you intend.

As you select Zoom teaching tools, also keep in mind that not all Zoom features are accessible to all students based on their learning needs and abilities. Please consult our Zoom Considerations for Teaching Students with Disabilities page or contact the Poorvu Center for further assistance.

How to Overcome Classroom Zoom Fatigue by Elizabeth Stone

Elizabeth Stone provide a great set of ideas in order to engage and work with students using Zoom

  • Invite students to meet with you informally in small groups
  • Take notes on what they tell you about themselves
  • Share more about yourself than usual
  • Draw on your students’ online experience
  • Explicitly ask student to consider talking in class more than they might
  • Go for student-centered rather than teacher-centered
  • And more….


For more resources visit out NCCC Online Teaching Academy Resources DIGGO group (Zoom Tagged Items)