Best Practices when Using Zoom

  • Connect from a computer or laptop instead of a mobile device.
    You will have a better experience interacting with your peers and seeing the shared content if using a computer. You can use your phone to connect to the audio, if that is more comfortable for you.
  • Share your video.
    Let the instructor and your classmates know that you are involved in the class and willing to participate by sharing your webcam. However, if your internet is lagging, turning off the video may help.
  • Use a headset instead of a built-in microphone, if possible.
    Using a headset will reduce background noise and microphone feedback. If you don't have access to a headset with a microphone, use headphones, earphones, or earbuds to reduce audio feedback.
  • Start with your audio muted. Your instructor may disable microphones upon entry, but be aware if that is not the case for your class. When your microphone is on mute there will be a red line through the microphone icon.
  • Have an appropriate background.
    Present yourself professionally by not lying in bed or having distracting backgrounds. Use one of Zoom’s digital backgrounds to hide your surroundings, if necessary. Avoid digital backgrounds with motion.
  • Minimize environmental distractions.
    Put your phone on "do not disturb" mode, hang a sign to let your roommates or family know you are in class, put the dog in the back yard, or take other precautions to help you focus on your instructor and peers during class time. Help your roommates/housemates be aware that your camera is live.
  • Be dressed as if you are attending class in person.
    Avoid wearing pajamas or clothes that would distract from the class. Sit upright during class.
  • Participate using reactions and asking questions via chat or microphone.
    Utilize the icons on the bottom of the Participants tab to interact with the class. If you do not have access to unmute yourself, use the Raise Hand feature to receive access to your mic. Ask questions via the chat or with your microphone. Participate in class activities and use the interaction icons in the participants tab.