How to Use Zoom for your Courses
Zoom allows you to hold online meetings. When you create an online course, Zoom is a great way to do one on one and small group training. It allows you to audio record, video record, share your screen, chat and share video and music. You can also blur your background or upload your own image to use as a background.
Free and premium accounts are available, and the free plan is plenty to get you started testing Zoom. However, I use the Pro plan at $14.99/month because it allows me to have longer meeting times.
Here are some tips for using Zoom for your online course:
Plan ahead: Before your Zoom session, make sure you have a clear plan for what you want to cover and how you will structure the session. This will help you stay on track and ensure that you cover all the necessary material.
Set up your equipment: Test your microphone, camera, and internet connection before your Zoom session to ensure that everything is working properly. Consider using a headset with a microphone for clearer audio.
Use a virtual background: Zoom allows you to use a virtual background to create a more professional-looking environment. Choose a background that is appropriate for your course content and consistent with your brand.
Share your screen: Use the screen sharing feature to show presentations, videos, or other visual aids during your Zoom session. This can help keep learners engaged and provide a more interactive experience.
Use breakout rooms: Breakout rooms allow you to split learners into smaller groups for discussions or activities. This can help learners feel more engaged and give them a chance to interact with their peers.
Record your session: Zoom allows you to record your session, which can be useful for learners who may have missed the session or want to review the material again later.
Engage learners: Keep learners engaged by asking questions, encouraging discussion, and providing opportunities for interaction. Consider using polls or other interactive features to keep learners engaged throughout the session.
Set the Mood: As paraticipants log into your meeting, Have an image or Youtube video playing music or videos related to your content.
By following these tips, you can use Zoom to create a more interactive and engaging online course experience for your learners.
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