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Zoom became available to USU students and faculty as of July 14, 2020.

Web Broadcast Delivery Mode

A web broadcast course is taught synchronously through a web conferencing platform. USU's supported platform is Zoom

Are you ready to teach via Web Broadcast?

Make sure you can check off each item in the list below before you teach your first class.

  • Bandwidth: Originate from a location with strong network bandwidth. A USU classroom is preferred, or a USU office.
  • Equipment: Ensure you have appropriate and functioning computer, microphone, and camera equipment.  See all technology requirements for Zoom, including equipment and bandwidth recommendations.
  • Familiarity: Make sure you know all about how to get started and host in a meeting in Zoom, including how to share your screen, enable your camera and microphone, and start/stop/share recordings (see the left-hand navigation for tutorials or visit the Zoom Help Center on audio/video sharing. Complete a test run from your origination location (the classroom or office you will be teaching from). Be sure you are comfortable with the equipment you will be using and have the Zoom desktop app installed on the computer. Get help from the Classroom or CIDI team if you are uncertain how to operate the equipment and software you will be using.
  • Instructional Plan: Develop an instructional plan based on best practices for web broadcast deliveryInclude strategies for engaging with your students, no matter the class size.
  • Prepared Students: Communicate with your students about how and when to connect to your class sections and what to come prepared with. 

10 Tips for Success

  1. Practice before you teach.
    Run a session with colleagues, friends, family, or anyone else you can find from the location you will teach from.
  2. Ensure a professional setup.
    Make sure you are teaching from a location with good bandwidth. Have a quality and well positioned microphone. Ensure a low-noise environment. Position your camera as close to eye level as possible in a way that promotes continual eye contact. Use good lighting and an appropriate background. Dress professionally.
  3. Schedule your class meetings in Canvas and invite your students.
    Encourage students to obtain and test their equipment in advance. https://usu-edu.zoom.us/test
  4. Join each class a bit early--especially your first.
    Leave time for mic and camera checks, etc. Some students arrive early, as well. 
  5. Set aside time on Day 1 to orient students to the format.
    Make sure students' microphones and camera are working. Direct students how to ask and respond to questions. Encourage microphone muting when not speaking. Encourage professional appearance. Run some practice activities if needed. If practical, give students a chance to talk or chat to become comfortable with the environment.
  6. Use the interactive features frequently.
    Keep students participating by asking a lot of questions, using polls, breakout rooms, and chat.
  7. Make a plan for each class.
    Share your agenda at the start of class and even ahead of time so that students know what to expect.
  8. Embrace pauses and silence.
    Students will need extra time to answer your questions verbally or via chat, access links or files, and read. Give extra time. As with F2F teaching, giving students time to reflect is a valuable teaching strategy.
  9. Watch the chat closely.
    Consider co-opting a student or TA to monitor chat. Read and respond to chat questions aloud.
  10. Act relaxed and confident
    Remember that delays, mistakes, and troubleshooting can be learning experiences and time for students to reflect. If a problem arises and some initial troubleshooting doesn't work, move on and check with CIDI afterward for help, if needed.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to participate from a distance at scheduled classtimes. They will provide their own computer or mobile device and network access. A web camera and microphone are highly recommended but not necessary. Students without microphones can dial into a Zoom meeting from their phones. Zoom can also be accessed entirely from a smartphone using the Zoom mobile app for iOS or Android. There are also ways to use a smart phone as a webcam

If students struggle with connecting to a Zoom class, they can contact the IT Service Desk for support.

Banner Information

Synchronous course days and times will be listed in Banner at the point of registration. Courses will have section codes of “B”, and the instructional method will be listed as Web Broadcast.

Workshops

For a full list of upcoming CIDI workshops on Web Broadcasting and other topics, see the list of CIDI Workshops.