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Teaching During Times of Disruption

How do I Offer Live Lectures and Class Meetings?

The University offers Pro licenses for Zoom web conferencing software to all faculty and staff. Instructors can set up Zoom for online synchronous class meetings, online review sessions, or virtual office hours. Instructors are encouraged to add the Zoom link to their Blackboard course to make it easier for students to find and join their Zoom class sessions.

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Workshop Video Tutorials

Additional Videos

Insuring Privacy in Zoom Class Meetings

Accommodation Information for Online Teaching
Information for providing closed captions to students needing accommodations

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have multiple courses where I want to hold office hours all at the same time? Can I use  one of my course rooms?

I have other instructors that need to teach sessions of my course, how can I provide them access to the Zoom meeting?

 What is the best way for me to "write" on a board during my live lecture sessins?

  • Use the built-in Zoom whiteboard as your board. This requires writing with your mouse however, unless you have a pen stylus.
  • If you have a tablet or iPad, launch the Zoom app on this second device with all audio muted. Share the tablet/iPad screen and draw or write on this. Do not host the meeting from your iPad as you will not be able to record your session - continue to host the meeting from your desktop and record there.

Tips for using Zoom as a Class Meeting Space

  • Use frontal light
  • Be aware of what's behind you
  • Use a good microphone
  • Practice using Zoom before your class meeting time
  • Provide support and resources to students in advance
  • Create easy and early access to the virtual classroom
  • Join your Zoom session a few minutes early to ensure proper connection
  • Make sure you are logged into your desktop application BEFORE clicking your meeting URL or link
  • Make sure you have reliable network access - when teaching from home, be sure that other family members are NOT using high-bandwidth applications (Netflix, gaming) while you are teaching
  • Close any applications that you do not need when teaching via Zoom
  • Ensure quality video (in the event of low bandwidth, forgo video in place of good audio)

Download handout: How do I Offer Live Lectures? (Blackboard course link - handout needs updating)

  • This option only works for those using a NetID-based Zoom account
  • Note that your email address in NetID must match what is in Blackboard for this to work.

Download handout: How do I offer Live Lectures and Class Meetings?  (Zoom direct link)

  • This option is useful for those using a URMC-based Zoom account. Or for those that need to host a meeting and they are not the instructor in the course.
  • This meeting is also available if you need more than one host within your course, for example, workshops would be hosted by workshop leaders, not the course instructor and PBL meetings would be hosted by PBL tutors.


Download Handout: Troubleshooting Zoom 

Download Handout: Sound Quality in Zoom (for performance quality audio)

Tips & Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom (provided by Zoom)

Record and share your lecture (in case students could not make the meeting time or want to review the session)

Download handout: How do I Share a Video Recording?

 Test your ability to use Zoom

 Information for Students

Students do not need a Zoom account to participate in a live session. Faculty may want to provide the following information to students to be prepared for live sessions.

It is recommended that students download and run the client to participate in live Zoom sessions, rather than use the browser version. When you see the message below, choose download and run Zoom whenever possible.Download Zoom Client to Launch!


Download student handout: How do I Participate in a Live Lecture / Meeting?

Student Tips for Participating in Online Learning (provided by Zoom)


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