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Notes on Zoom security

Zoom meeting rooms are public by default.  Below are some steps you can take to make your meetings more secure.' Update on 4/9/20: UChicago IT Services has several recommended settings for class meetings, and Zoom has added a convenient 'Security' button along the...

Making the best of the camera you have

NB: These guidelines are written from the perspective of those in Chicago, the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere.  Those in the southern hemisphere should substitute south for north in these recommendations.  Those in tropical latitudes will see significantly...

Making the best of the microphone you have

If you do not have a lot of choice over what microphone you will have to use with video calls, there are a few environmental factors to consider that can help your outgoing audio quality.  Larger rooms, for example, tend to be more echoy.  Likewise, rooms with flat...

Legal guidance on recording Zoom classes

The current guidance from Legal on recording Zoom classes is as follows. Recorded classes should only be made available to the students within the class and should not be posted to be shared more widely. Students should be notified of the recording but do not need to...

Panopto: What, Why, and How?

What is Panopto? Panopto is a multi-functional video content management tool. The three main uses, as I see them, are: 1. Media library: Panopto allows instructors AND students to store and stream video files in a way that is better than uploading them directly to...

Zoom – Recordings, Canvas, and other features

One last post regarding all things Zoom...   Recording in Zoom I created two new documents regarding recording in Zoom: Recording Zoom Meetings to the Cloud - Instructors Updated 3/30/20: added reference to cloud recordings in Canvas Recording and Uploading Zoom...

Asynchronous Instruction video series

Below is a series of three (for now) videos on asynchronous online language instruction. 1. Catherine Baumann, UChicago Language Center Director, with an introduction and overview. 2. Alba Girons Masot, Director of the Catalan Language Program and Senior Lecturer,...

Assessment webinar: Recording and materials

Here are the recording and materials for Ahmet Dursun's presentation titled "Remote Assesment of Language Use and Knowledge." Recording, hosted on Zoom Slides Rubric templates Some more follow-up materials: Polling during class sessions: https://www.polleverywhere.com...