Faculty: Zoom Updates Support Classroom Engagement

Friday, February 19, 2021

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, President, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

In the last few months, several significant updates have been released in Zoom that might affect your interactions with students. Make sure to update your Zoom application to the current version and explore these changes, which include the following:

  • The Reactions space now has all of the nonverbal feedback options, including hand raising, to streamline the ease of student communication.
  • Breakout rooms have an option to allow students to choose which room they want to join and move between them if appropriate, which increases the flexibility of active learning experiences like a Gallery Walk.
  • You and your students can now share videos through your screen without having to take the extra step to click Share Sound.
  • You and your students can now blur the video background, which is a nice privacy alternative to a virtual background.
  • For any circumstances that might become a significant distraction, you can temporarily suspend all activity in the Security panel, which will mute all audio and video, stop screen sharing and end breakout rooms.

For assistance with Zoom for the classroom or questions about PD courses, please submit a request for a Faculty and Instructional Development team member support.

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