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Prepare Your Technology

  1. To ensure the most effective learning experience, it is recommended that you download and install the Zoom application before joining your Zoom Meeting or Webinar.
  2. Log in to the Penn State Zoom Web Portal at https://psu.zoom.us/ and enable the Zoom Meeting nonverbal feedback icons. Your instructor will ask you to use the non-verbal feedback icons, such as Yes, No, Agree, Disagree, etc. during the session.
  3. When your instructor is sharing his or her screen, the Zoom window will be displayed in full-screen on your computer by default. You can adjust this in the Zoom application under Settings.
    1. Launch the Zoom application from your computer's programs list.
    2. If prompted, click Sign In with SSO.
    3. When prompted to enter you company domain, type PSU.
    4. Click Continue.
    5. Enter your Penn State WebAccess account User ID and Password.
    6. Click Settings (gear icon) in the upper right of the Zoom application.
    7. In the General section, under Content Sharing, uncheck the Enter full screen automaticlaly when starting or joining a meeting and Enter full screen automatically when viewing screen shared by others checkboxes.
  4. Decide if you will join the Zoom Meeting or Webinar via phone or via your computer audio. If joining via computer audio, it is recommended that you use a hands-free miked headset. A miked USB headset, which can be purchased at a reasonable cost, will greatly enhance your online experience.
  5. Join a test meeting and test your computer audio.
  6.  Setup and test your dual monitors. Dual monitors are not required for this session; however, participants find it easier to follow along with two monitors.

Prepare Yourself

Become Familiar with the Basics of Zoom

During the session, you will be using a variety of interactive Zoom features, such as chat, raising your hand, and sharing your screen. If you are not familiar with the basics of Zoom:

  1. Review the Participating in a Zoom Meeting Quick Start Guide.
  2. Watch Zoom video tutorials.
  3. Visit the Zoom Help Center for a complete list of Zoom documentation and resources.

Complete the Pre-session Activities

Please complete any activities as instructed prior to logging in for the session. Typically, any pre-session activities are emailed to you in advance of the session.

Prepare Your Environment

  • Join the session in a private room if possible, or let others in your office/work area know you are participating in an online session.
  • Post a sign on your door or outside your cubicle.
  • Remove all distractions from your desk.
  • Turn off email and instant messaging tools.
  • Turn ringers off on your desk phone and cell phone.
  • Use a headset to minimize disruptions to those around you.

During the Session:

  • Mute your microphone when you are not speaking.
  • Participate and be prepared to be called on by name.
  • Raise your hand if you have an immediate question or comment.
  • Be patient waiting for a response to your chat message.
  • If you must leave the program, use the Away nonverbal feedback icon.
  • Provide your name when participating and respond using a person’s name.
  • Do not interrupt other speakers; allow time for transmission in delays.
Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Students
Type of Training: 
DocumentationDocumentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Zoom
Training Level: 
Introduction

Training for: 
Faculty
Staff
Students
Type of Training: 
DocumentationDocumentation
Training Topic: 
Collaboration
Teaching and Learning
Service or Technology: 
Zoom