Zoom Best Practices

Zoom at Princeton

Zoom is a conferencing tool available to all Princeton users. Instructors can use Zoom to conduct live sessions or to record and post lectures. 

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Breakout Rooms. Consider using Zoom breakout rooms to encourage different forms of student engagement and participation in your courses. Using Zoom Breakout Rooms: Guidance for Faculty

For your first class, set aside some time to introduce your students to Zoom, get used to the interface, and ensure that they’re able to connect their audio and video. 

Settings. When you set up your Zoom meeting, pay attention to the audio and video settings. To reduce noise as everyone joins the class, you might want to mute your students’ microphones on entry. 

Performance. To improve the performance of Zoom, close applications that you will not use during the class.

Audio. Be mindful of the sound quality. Use a headset or microphone if possible. Repeat questions asked by other participants. To avoid sound feedback, do not join the meeting using both the computer’s audio and dialing in.

Bandwidth. Keep in mind that remote participants may not have ideal internet connections. Use the Zoom chat feature to collect questions before and during the lecture. Encouraging students to turn off the video feed will help connectivity in a situation of low bandwidth. 

Light and Camera. Make sure there is a light source in front of you, not behind you. If you have a bright window behind you, for instance, it will be difficult for the other participants to see you. Position the camera at eye level or higher so students can see you.