Zoom is an online web conferencing tool that allows instructors to create synchronous, virtual classrooms to make meeting with students simpler, easier, and more reliable. It’s built right into both Illinois Compass 2g and Moodle, making online course delivery easy and productive.
Synchronous Online Course Sessions - Zoom allows you to hold virtual class sessions with students dispersed around the globe. You can present your PowerPoint, share media, respond to student questions and even create breakout rooms to have students work collaboratively during a synchronous class session.
Virtual Office Hours - By allowing students to participate in office hours virtually, you open up the opportunity to engage with more students without having to tie yourself to your physical office. Students can ask questions, discuss class material, go over assignments, and more, whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.
Online Group Work and Presentations - Having student groups prepare and present documentation of their coursework is a great way to help them reflect upon their learning and build their presentation skills. With Zoom, you can offer a similar opportunity for your online students. Student groups can meet online at their convenience to create and practice their presentations, then use Zoom to present virtually to you and the class.
Share Your Computer Screen - The tools in Zoom allow you to share exactly what’s on your computer screen with all participants. That means you can not only share your PowerPoint presentations, you can also demonstrate software, share a whiteboard, explain complicated illustrations and highlights key phrases or concepts within a text. For more information, consult the articles and videos on Zoom's support site or review articles in the campus Knowledge Base via the links shared above.