Manage Participants in Zoom
How to Minimize Disruptions in Zoom
Teaching via web conference can be a great way to reach your students and simulate a face-to-face environment. However, there is a potential for unnecessary noise coming in over microphones that your students may not realize they are broadcasting. As the instructor and meeting host, you have some muting controls that can help with the potential disruption.
You WANT your students to use their microphones and talk to you, just not all at once.
- Mute on Entry will automatically mute participants as they join the meeting.
- Mute All can be used during the session if there are noises that shouldn't be heard and you need to mute it quickly.
- Remove microphone privileges and ask students to use the hand raise feature. you can unmute individual students as you "call" on them.
Mute on Entry
When scheduling a meeting, the option to Mute participants upon entry is at the bottom of the page. You can also turn this feature on from within the call itself by following these instructions:
In the meeting, click on the Participants button
Click on More, then click on Mute Participants upon Entry to enable
As students enter the meeting room, their microphones will be muted and they will have the option to unmute themselves
While in the meeting, click on the Participants button
Click on the Mute All button
A pop-up window will appear, click Mute ALL
- At this point, you have the option to Allow participants to unmute themselves by clicking on the checkbox
Ask participants to use the Raise Hand option when they are ready to talk or call on them to talk by locating their name on the participant list, hovering over the name, and clicking on the Ask to Unmute button
The student will receive a pop-up message asking to unmute and the student will need to press Unmute
Remove Microphone Privileges
In the meeting, click on the Security button
Click on Unmute Themselves to retract that access from participants
You will now need to request that participants unmute themselves or manually unmute them (depending on your meeting settings—see above) or have them use the text chat for communication
For the USU license of Zoom, meeting participant capacity is 300.