Academy for Lifelong Learning

ALL Presents Fall 2022 Classes Using Zoom Meetings The move to the Zoom Meetings platform from Zoom Webinars was driven by both members and presenters asking for move interaction and feeling of community. There are several features available through Zoom Meetings that should help enable accomplishing these requests. How to… … Join a Class When you clicked a Webinar link, you could see and hear panelists, but nobody could see or hear you. When joining an ALL class presented using Zoom Meetings, the standard setting is for your camera to be on and your microphone to be muted. The muted mic reduces disruptions and the visibility of attendees enhances the sense of community. You have control. If you wish, you may “Stop Video” to prevent others from seeing you while you continue to see the class. The “View” controls allow you to customize what you see. … Ask Questions Verbally This can be a challenge in a large group. Please think back to how this was done for in-person classes--you raised your hand, waited for a mic and then waited for the previous answer to be completed. For ALL's online classes, we will do something very similar: 1. Click “Reactions” 2. Click “Raise Hand” 3. Wait to be called on 4. “Unmute” 5. Ask Question 6. “Mute” 7. Click “Reactions” --> ”Lower Hand” What Not to Do Don't wave your real hands around in front of the camera--that just doesn't work in a large group. Don't Unmute and break in. Don’t look for the Q&A button—it doesn’t exist in Zoom Meetings. … Use Chat for More Than Questions Questions may also be asked using Chat. On the moderator/presenter side, Chat is more difficult to monitor. Using Chat also reduces the person-to-person interaction that is a major objective of the change of platforms. It is also possible to use Chat to directly send private messages to any other participant without disturbing others. Be very careful in selecting "To". Using this method, two people can privately send messages to each. This makes it possible to arrange getting together in a Breakout Room that has been set up for social interactions. What Not to Do Do not send messages to Everyone without very good reason--check that 'To' is properly selected Don't forget, a Chat message is only one paragraph--hitting Enter sends the message. Talk to the Presenter at Break or After Class If the presenter has agreed to talk with people during the break or after the class, this will be noted at the start of the class. Click on “Breakout Rooms;” identify which room you wish to visit, and click “Join.” The moderator will send a warning when the Breakout Room is about to close. … Talk with Other Members Before/After Class or During the Break This works like talking to the presenter (above). The difference is that you should use private Chat messages to ask one or more people to meet you in one of the Social rooms. When you click “Leave” you will be returned to the main room. Just as with in-person conversations, other people may wander into the Breakout Room. Laptops, tablets and phones all have slightly different ways of accomplishing the same things on Zoom. Actually, tablets and phones cannot do some things. When you want to know something about Zoom, the best way that I have found is to use your browser and do a search. Search on ‘Zoom support xxxxxxx’ where xxxxxx contains the key words of what you want to know. For example, “rename”, “breakout rooms”, “chat”. Most of the Zoom Support pages give one the option of learning how to do something on different devices. Be careful to click through to Zoom support pages.

Class Login Credentials

The credentials (Meeting ID’s, passcodes, direct links) for Zoom Meetings classes are emailed to ALL members in the weekly newsletter. If you have misplaced your newsletter or would like to attend a class as a guest, please contact the ALL Program Coordinator ( ). Be sure to obtain credentials as early as you can as it is not always possible to make contact at the last minute. Each class requires different credentials.
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This page updated: 10/15/2022