Tips and Tricks for Using Zoom

  1. Use the AKO |  LEARN Tool for Creating Zoom Tutorials

It is best to use the AKO | LEARN tool for creating Zoom tutorials for a variety of reasons. One of these is having the Zoom logo automatically being placed next to the link on the Learn page:



Another reason is that when you use the AKO | LEARN tool many of the default settings are those that you would typically want for a tutorial – which saves time.

  1. Creating Co-Hosts for Zoom Tutorials

When you are creating a Zoom tutorial don’t forget to create some co-hosts for the session just in case you are not able to host the session.

For example, if the course has two (2) lecturers and four (4) tutors, making all six (6) of these people co-hosts would allow any of them to run any of the sessions if the designated person was not able to. When logging into Zoom, make sure you are using the correct account (e.g. work vs. personal) to make sure you have the right access.

  1. Adding a mobile feed to your labs/demonstrations

Are you facilitating a hands-on demonstration and struggling to engage remote learners? Adding a mobile video feed alongside your laptop webcam feed can boost the interaction and engagement for learners that aren’t there to see it in person. Check out the eLearning Help for Staff section here:

  1. Using a Kahoot! Quiz to See Where Students Are

If you have students joining a Zoom session, consider using a Kahoot! Quiz (or similar) at the start of the session that includes a question that asks the students what their location is.

For example, if you are doing a live streamed lecture with some of the students attending in person, include a question in a quiz at the start of the lecture that is like this:

Where are you?

  1. In the lecture in front of you
  2. Somewhere else at UC
  3. Somewhere else in Christchurch
  4. Somewhere else in New Zealand
  5. Country A
  6. Country B
  7. Somewhere else on planet earth
  8. On another planet

The responses will give you a sense of where people are, and for students that are not present in person it is acknowledging their presence

  1. Show and Tell Sessions in Zoom Tutorials

An issue experienced by many people is students not turning on their cameras in Zoom based tutorials. On technique that can work is having a “show and tell” time at the start of the session where students are asked to do or show something on camera.

This doesn’t need to be content related, with some examples including “wear a (silly) hat” and “show me your pet”.

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