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Best practice tips for Zoom participants

Here are a few tips for making sure you get the best virtual classroom experience! 

Dos and Don'ts


  • Test your audio and video before class if it's your first time using Zoom

  • Use a headset and microphone to reduce background noise

  • If you're talking, make sure the microphone is on and close enough to pick up your voice

  • Mute your audio if you're not talking to reduce background noise for other participants 

  • Look at the camera! This might feel weird at first, but looking at the camera will have a similar effect to in-person eye contact and helps the audience feel like you're really talking to them

  • Use gestures and mannerisms that you would typically use in person 


  • Multitask -- act as you would in a real classroom and try your best to keep your attention on the screen

  • Participate in activities like typing while your microphone is on -- it might sound noiseless, but your classmates will hear it!

Active Speaker and Gallery Views

You can select between Active Speaker and Gallery views using the button on the upper-right corner of the screen. Gallery view is recommended -- it allows for a more collaborative feel. 

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