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Zoom is the University's primary solution for synchronous online video conferencing. One of the primary uses of Zoom is for instructors and students to deliver live, high-quality video, audio, and screen-sharing content in online courses. Zoom does have many versatile features useful for activities and engagement, but it does remain one of the most commonly used tools for delivering online lectures.

Set up and practice using Zoom

Using Zoom does require some know-how when first getting set up. Users who are hosting and scheduling a Zoom meeting for the first time should explore the settings and recommended Zoom set-up. The TeachAnywhere site offers a comprehensive guide for setting up Zoom for online teaching

Even experienced instructors can benefit from practicing with Zoom, as Zoom often updates with new features, and even teaching practices are continuously adjusted to meet the needs of different students. The Teaching in Zoom FAQ is a great resource for learning about useful features and common use-cases for teaching.

Zoom whiteboard and annotation

Zoom's built-in whiteboard is simple to use and uncomplicated. A major benefit of the Zoom whiteboard is that both the presenter and Zoom participants can add text or draw on the whiteboard together at the same time. 

From within a screen-share in a meeting, the presenter and participants can also draw over whatever content is currently being shared, like a transparency layer, using Zoom's annotation feature. This is a convenient way to easily highlight content, either yourself or with the class. 

For more natural and controlled handwriting a tablet and stylus are recommended. The Center for Teaching and Learning has expanded its iPad lending program for instructors.

Mitigate fatigue with engagement and interactivity

Long periods of passive attention on instructional content in a Zoom meeting can be draining for students and instructors. There are a number of ways to mitigate Zoom fatigue that can also support student learning.

Benefits of recording a Zoom session

Recording your scheduled Zoom sessions benefits students' learning as it supports them to:

  • Review sections of the lecture that they are still unclear on (which is especially helpful for students who speak English as a second language).
  • Download a lecture to overcome connectivity issues with live-streaming.
  • Catch up on a class session they could not attend.
  • Engage with the recorded content through integrated quizzes, commenting, and video submissions.

Managing recordings in Canvas

Zoom sessions scheduled in Canvas and recorded to the cloud on Zoom automatically appear in the Course Videos section of your Canvas course for students to easily access.

The Course Videos tool (which utilizes an integration of Panopto) allows instructors to edit content, set a publishing schedule, and even add interactive quizzes, text commenting, and student video submissions. The two sections in the Zoom guide on TeachAnywhere on recording a meeting and editing and sharing recordings will help you to get started.

  • See Download of Course Recordings in Canvas for details about students' usage rights of downloaded recordings.
  • See Copyright Reminder from Stanford Libraries for details about copyright issues, intellectual property, and privacy. 
  • The Course Videos tool is available to all Canvas courses university-wide, with the exception of the Graduate School of Business and the School of Medicine who operate their own video-capture systems and licenses.

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