Zoom Meeting Settings and Other Helpful Info for Teachers and Instructors

Here’s a list of things that you can do to make for a better Zoom online meeting experience. If you have any additional things you would recommend, please leave a comment.

In Zoom’s settings do the following:

Turn on:

  • The Waiting Room feature
  • Set up a meeting password
  • The “Remove uninvited participant” feature

Turn off:

  • The Private Chat feature. Direct people to use the Chat and Q&A for questions.
  • Screen sharing by others. You can enable this during the meeting if necessary.

Additional recommendations:

  • Do not post your Zoom link publicly
  • Have another teacher or trusted participant set up as a Co-Host to manage comments and the meeting waiting room.
  • Lock your meeting once all of the students have joined. You can do this using “Manage Participants” once the meeting has started.
  • Practice and test your Zoom workflow with others.
  • Mute digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.
  • Remove any visual distractions that may focus attention away from you in the background.
  • Have good lighting in the room so that attendees can see you.
  • Angle your webcam so it shows your face dead-on.
  • Limit tapping, movement and other things that may cause audio distractions.
  • Remove pets from the room.
  • Remove pets from the room(s) next to the room you are in.
  • If you will be sharing your computer screen, clean up your computer’s desktop.
  • Try and not use WiFi. Use a wired network connection instead.
  • Use a good quality headset with a microphone.
  • Silence your smartphone and other devices.
  • Turn off all the alerts on your smartphone, and other devices.
  • Mute any digital assistants in your home.
  • Check the batteries in your mouse/keyboard and make sure they aren’t running low.
  • Close all of the other applications running on your computer.
  • Turn off notifications or other pop-ups or anything else that may be disruptive.
  • If you are in a bedroom, make sure that your bed is made and the room is neat.
  • Have a test call with a friend prior to your meeting.

Author: Bruce Elgort

You’ll find this technology professor – an award-winning instructor at Clark College – working hard to inspire and challenge his students with meaningful web development and programming experiences. With a skinny vanilla latte (no foam) in hand, Bruce loves to tinker and test the boundaries of existing and emerging technologies, to then guide hungry minds through memorable, educational journeys to showcase with passion the ever-evolving innovations of society. An industry leader, Bruce is known for co-developing Elguji’s IdeaJam software, and is recognized by IBM as an ‘IBM Champion’ for being an innovative thought leader in cloud technologies.

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