What is Zoom?
Zoom  is an online web conferencing software. Zoom can be used any time you need to meet or broadcast to a group online. Zoom is a flexible tool so you can be creative in how you choose to use it. There are whiteboard, chat and other features in Zoom. Your Zoom session can be recorded as well. 

Do all staff have full license for Zoom?
Macquarie staff will be provided with premium account with Zoom. Contact IT HELP if you have issues with your license. Each session can have a maximum of 300 participants and can be of any length in time.

It is highly recommended that you use it for maximum of 30 students in a session.

Where can I get training for Zoom?
There are a plethora of Zoom resources available to everyone (please note: some of the links below are restricted to MQ staff).

 A self-paced Zoom course can be accessed here (MQ staff login required)

Sometimes the audio or video in Zoom becomes choppy or distorted. What can I do to improve my Zoom experience?
Follow the steps given in this document (.pdf, 20KB) to improve your zoom connection. If you are still having issues, contact IT Help help@mq.edu.au 

There is so much information on Zoom - where do I get started?
There is no one best place to start learning how to use Zoom. When training staff in using Zoom, we strongly recommend that staff browse through the resources below to gain a better understand of Zoom and then have a go at testing it (staff can contact the Arts L&T team and arrange a test session if they wish).  

Watch this webinar: Tutorials Via Zoom - Be a zoom user for an hour  delivered by Associate Professor Panos Vlachopoulos (AD Q&S) along with these slides (2.3MB, PDF)

Watch this webinar: Making the Rapid Transition to Online Learning  delivered by Associate Professor Matt Bower (School of Education). Includes slides. 

Best practice for using Zoom as an alternate for tutorials

Prashan Karunaratne in MQBS article on using zoom in class: https://teche.mq.edu.au/2020/11/what-the-flipped-is-sbatplez/
Contact Arts L&T if you are wanting to do Zoom synchronous tutorial during in-class tutorials.
  • Keep it simple - Use of Zoom as a synchronous tool works best with small class size (20-25 students per zoom session is ideal for good student engagement)
  • Consider using iLearn discussion forums instead of Zoom as an asynchronous discussions tool. 
  • Reconsider if an activity needs to be synchronous or asynchronous.
  • Be mindful of your bandwidth usage. Some students might have issues downloading large files. 
  • Audio recording to a Powerpoint presentation might be a better option to consider as well.
  • Presenting on Zoom (standing and sitting): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsI846OW-FE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEBIkmN-KjA

Zoom guides

Find out how to use Zoom
First Zoom session instructions
Quick guide for Zoom hosts and participants
Guide to Zoom breakout rooms
PowerPoint slide for student Zoom etiquette (.pptx)
Student tips for participating in Zoom
Advice for staff for a successful Zoom meeting
How to setup automatic upload of your Zoom recordings to Echo360  (see under heading 'Sharing Zoom Recordings through Echo360')
Zoom Meeting Guide (developed by MQBS) 

Please see this page in Teche  for more information.

Contact artslandt@mq.edu.au  for further assistance.

Adapting face to face approaches to online

Face-to-face teaching approaches

Online teaching approaches using Zoom

Greet the students face-to-face

Start/stop your Video  and invite  participants to enable their Video  when they join the session.

Mark attendance through a roll

Use Zoom Meeting Reporting to mark off attendance.

Reporting can be accessed directly via the zoom https://macquarie.zoom.us/  

Allow a particular student to answer or ask a question Enable the Raise hand  tool and encourage students to use the Raise Hand  tool for Q&A time.
Draw on a whiteboard to illustrate a concept or process Use the Share Whiteboard  tool. You can also allow students to annotate  your whiteboard.
Show a website (e.g. Canvas) Open the website in a separate browser's window, or in another browser, then use the Screen Sharing  tool
Show PowerPoint slides Use Screen Sharing   tool, and switch between views or monitors (if using dual monitors /displays)
Share a video in class (e.g. You Tube videos)

Enable the Share Computer Sound  option when sharing your web browser  which contains a You Tube video or any videos  that you can view in your computer.

Give students handouts in class

Use File Transfer  in Chat menu

Break students into groups

Use the Breakout Rooms  tool and randomly visit each group  during the break out session

This is a great tool  to manage active learning and student engagement.

Conduct a poll with students

Use the Polling tool .

This is a great tool (Links to an external site.) to promote active learning and student engagement.

Allow a student to present their work in front of the class Participant can share their screen   (unless the host use "lock screen share")
Record your lecture Use the Record  option
Run a 5 mins Q&A session Use the Chat  function, as well as group or private messaging

Synchronous Zoom and In-class Tutorials

Prashan Karunaratne in MQBS article on using zoom in class: https://teche.mq.edu.au/2020/11/what-the-flipped-is-sbatplez/
Contact Arts L&T if you are wanting to do zoom synchronous tutorial during in-class tutorials.