Camera use in Zoom

Cameras on in Zoom?

Camera use in Zoom can help develop a sense of learner community, and non-verbal cues from students allows teachers to adjust their approach. But it can quickly become the norm for students to leave them off as they follow the example of others (Terada, 2021). Creating a camera-on ‘norm’ may be as simple as encouraging their use, though realise that there are reasons why it should not be mandatory.

Please note that the University does not recommend live lecture streaming because of potential issues with bandwidth and connectivity. However, if you have a small cohort, and your students are not disadvantaged by their time zone, and they all have a good internet connection – live streaming may be appropriate. Always provide a recording of the session to mitigate technical issues and for accessibility.

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Terada, Y. (2021, February 5). The Camera-On/Camera-Off Dilemma. Edutopia.

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