The Teaching and Learning Center recently consolidated several campus videoconferencing technologies in favor of using Zoom. Zoom is a very popular and powerful software-based videoconferencing platform. Zoom can run on computers and mobile platforms alike and provides real-time video calling or “videoconferencing” functionality.
This exciting new tool provides a feature-rich virtual collaboration environment inside your online course. Features include support for synchronous videoconferencing as well as the ability to record, including automatic transcribing using audio, video, whiteboard, desktop sharing, chat, and more. Zoom is ideal for building online community by interactively engaging with students, for facilitating virtual office hours, and for adding a rich-media experience within your online course.
CSC’s Official Videoconferencing Tool
Zoom has been implemented as the default videoconferencing tool within CSC Online (Sakai) the college’s Learning Management SystemZoom is also replacing traditional videoconferencing applications used in courses at Chadron State College. Video-enabled classrooms often referred to as “ITV classrooms” have been used since the mid-90’s to deliver virtualized classroom-to-classroom instruction. The Teaching and Learning Center will support Zoom as the official videoconference standard across all academic-related areas on campus.
The requirements are relatively modest to join or host a virtual meeting using Zoom. A reliable high-speed Internet connection is required to provide the best experience. A USB or integrated webcam is needed to support live video sharing and earbuds or the use of a headset provides the best possible audio experience while minimizing distractions. Simple whiteboard and polling features can be incorporated to increase participant engagement.
All Chadron State College faculty and staff are provided Zoom “Pro” accounts that include additional features and functionality. The recommended method to create an account is to select “Sign In” using the campus Zoom portal located at https://csc.zoom.us/ . If prompted to enter a domain simply type CSC and continue.
Zoom Information & Resources
Zoom can be enabled using the Site Info tool within your CSC Online course sites. You can use this Zoom Information Sheet to become familiar with this interactive videoconferencing tool and get started using it. If you would like additional assistance and/or training on how to use Zoom, please don’t hesitate to contact the Teaching and Learning Center. For a full list of features including video tutorials please visit the official Zoom support website.
Increasingly, the TLC is focused on reporting emerging technologies and identifying professional development opportunities that enhance teaching and learning on our campus. As the TLC staff reviews technologies, we will hold informational seminars and invite faculty to participate in a testing and review process. To discuss training opportunities and/or suggest “new arrival” gadgets, please stop in for a visit or contact the TLC’s IT Analyst, Jereme Patterson (email@example.com or 308.432.6234).