Zoom allows you to host live class sessions via videoconferencing. Go to https://middlebury.zoom.us/ to log into Zoom and create your Zoom room. Sign in using your Middlebury credentials (use the @middlebury.edu extension to your e-mail address) and click Meetings > Schedule a New Meeting to create a Zoom room and link that you and your students will use for class sessions. You can also find Zoom documentation on the ITS website.
You may host a class session entirely in Zoom, with you and all of your students joining via the Zoom link you created. Alternatively, you can join Zoom from your classroom and invite remote students to join the class via Zoom. Most classrooms have the equipment you will need to host a Zoom session (camera, computer, microphone), but if your classroom does not have the equipment you need, please contact the Help Desk at email@example.com.
Breakout rooms are a feature in Zoom that allows the Zoom host to assign groups of participants to their own space in which to meet and talk. Faculty and students are able to use breakout rooms, but you must first activate the feature in Zoom. To turn on breakout rooms, you need to go to your advanced zoom settings (on the web, at go/zoom/) and choose Settings > Meeting (tab) > In Meeting (Advanced). There you should see an option to turn on “Breakout room” with additional option to “Allow host to assign participants…”
Whether you are teaching entirely in Zoom or having some students join a classroom remotely, your approach to teaching will need to adjust to support the students who are joining via Zoom. We encourage you to visit DLINQ’s webpage on Zoom for insights and/or to consider scheduling a consultation on how to facilitate web-based class sessions via Zoom with DLINQ staff by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: We urge you to recognize that conducting synchronous activities could mean that students who do not have access to high speed Internet and/or appropriate hardware will be left out of your classroom. Synchronous activities may also be challenging for students who have returned home to non-Eastern Time zones, and for students with disabilities who need accommodations related to audio and visual learning.
Middlebury ITS shared the following update April 7, 2020: Zoom recently announced that they will soon release a new software update which will add a Security option to the Zoom meeting controls bar of the in-meeting experience. See below for a screenshot example. This new feature allows meeting hosts to easily manage the security of their Zoom meetings, including the ability to quickly lock a Zoom meeting, enable the waiting room feature, and a number of other helpful options to keep your Zoom meetings safe and secure.
Security is very important to ITS and Middlebury. ITS continues to evaluate Zoom’s security posture and we have published an evolving list of guidelines and tips for safe use, as well as explanations of Zoom’s security options here: http://go.middlebury.edu/zoominfo