Zoom is a platform for online meetings and streaming lectures.
Zoom video conferencing can be used for online meetings, virtual office hours, pre-recorded presentations and lecture streaming.*
Zoom supports these learning types (see definitions):
* Streaming lectures may not be appropriate in all situations—students may be disadvantaged by bandwidth and connectivity issues, or are studying in different time zones. Small cohorts may be more manageable but check with your students if they are comfortable with live streaming.
Always provide a recording of the presentation to ensure all students have access and for revision purposes.
Host Zoom meetings for lectures and tutorials (smaller cohorts work best) and virtual office hours.
All staff have a Zoom Pro license. This enables meetings for up to 300 participants and recording to the Cloud is possible; this has the added benefit of auto-generating transcripts.
Zoom can be used for pre-recorded presentations—join a meeting with just yourself present and record your screen. However, from 2022 the University recommends Panopto for its accessibility features and ease of use with Canvas.
Webinars are designed for large audiences. Participants cannot see each other which reduces bandwidth but also reduces the sense of ‘learner community.’ Student engagement is limited to the chat window, Q&A feature, and polls.
Webinars are an additional cost to the Zoom license fee, therefore the University recommends webinars ‘as a service’ where needed.