Teachers may choose to use methods such as Zoom breakout rooms and/or polling to engage students synchronously online. The following recommendations should be considered in order to ensure students have the best possible experience with Zoom:
Edit your Zoom settings before you create the Zoom meeting
- Go to sfsu.zoom.us and login with your SF State credentials.
- In the left navigation menu, select Settings.
- To enable Polling:
- Select In Meeting (Basic)
- Scroll down to Polling and select the toggle to enable (blue).
- Note: You’ll need to create polls in advance of creating the meeting.
- To enable breakout rooms:
- Select In Meeting (Advanced)
- Scroll down to Breakout room and select the toggle to enable (blue).
Sign into Zoom from two devices
- For example, a computer and a mobile device. This provides a Plan B if you experience technical issues on one device, you’ll still have the other one connected.
Be prepared to be flexible
- For example, one issue that arises occasionally is having one or more students who don’t get placed into a Breakout room; they remain in the main room with you. There is no known fix for this. Recommendation: Conduct the activity with that student(s) yourself.
- Tell students in advance about the format of the session (e.g. a brief presentation, small group work in breakout rooms, large group discussion via chat).
- Let students know in advance that it might seem a little chaotic at first, but that it will get better with practice.
For additional assistance, contact the Teaching and Learning with Technology team: (415) 405-5550, firstname.lastname@example.org, LIB 240