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Teaching Over Video: Tips and Tools

For your first class, set aside some time to introduce your students to Zoom and ensure that they’re able to connect their audio and video. You can also schedule ahead of time for a tech support staff member to online with your students for the first 15 to 20 minutes to make sure everyone is connected and ready to go. Contact support@divinemercy.edu if you are interested in scheduling this. Please also reach out to Support if you would like a one on one session on using any of the features and ideas listed below.

Here are some ideas for teaching lessons over video:

  • Give an agenda or plan for each class by Screen Sharing a document or slide at the beginning of class. Click here for instructions on how to screen share. This gives students a clear idea of how the class will progress, what will be covered, and the activities they’ll engage in.
  • Discuss online etiquette and expectations of the students in your first virtual class and periodically revisit the topics. Good reminders are not to eat and drink or chew gum and not have side conversations.
  • Utilize the Whiteboard or Annotate a shared document and let your students engage as well. Click here to learn how to use the Whiteboard and here for Annotation.
  • Take time to promote questions, comments, and reactions from your class. Give a minute to allow your students to utilize reactions, write their questions in chat, or be unmuted to ask their questions live. Click here for how to use Chat.
  • Divide into smaller groups for a discussion on a certain topic. You can use Zoom’s Breakout Room feature to either pre-assign or auto-assign students into groups for a short period of time so they may discuss things together.
  • Have students be the presenter and share projects with the class. This allows your students to show what they’re working on while practicing their presentation skills. It also allows students to hear from one another.

Here are some ideas for successful delivery:

  • Pre-set your meeting to mute participant’s microphones upon entry. This helps to avoid background noise and allow your students to focus on your lesson.
  • Look at the camera to create eye contact with your students. This helps to create a more personal connection while teaching over video.
  • Take a second to check chat or your student’s video (if on camera) to check-in with your students and get feedback.
  • Speak as if you’re face-to-face with the class.
  • When delivering a presentation, sharing images, files or video, give your students a moment to open or take in what you’ve shared.
    Embrace the pause. Take a moment after the end of your comments and allow for students to engage before continuing on.


Need to meet outside of regular class time? Here is how to start a meeting in Zoom:

How to Host an Ad-hoc Meeting

  1. Start by opening your Zoom desktop app.
  2. Click on the Home button at the top left.
  3. Press the New Meeting button.
  4. Once in the meeting, click the invite button on the bottom of the screen to add additional users.

Bonus Tip: Recording a Zoom Meeting

  1. Start a Zoom meeting.
  2. Press the record button
  3. Teach your lesson
  4. End meeting, and send the link to the recording with detailed expectations including assignments. (When you share the meeting, click the box that says, “require registration” This will allow you to see who has viewed the video)