Using Zoom to Connect In-Class and Remote Participants for Teaching and Learning in TERP Classrooms


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The combination of Zoom and technologies available in some university classrooms can make it easier for locally situated students and instructors to interact with remotely positioned guest lecturers or students. This knowledge article will orient instructors to the technologies available in University of Maryland TERP classrooms that can help them facilitate synchronous presentation and communication between participants who are located in the classroom and online. It is recommended that faculty who are not scheduled to teach in a TERP classroom plan to record their lecture using Panopto in order to share with students who are unable to attend the in-class session.

For a list of which classrooms have what technology available, read List of Classrooms and their Technical Information.

Sharing video with remote participants (overview)

Faculty who are teaching students in the local classroom, while also engaging others in remote locations (also called synchronous distributed instruction or simulcasting), will use the Zoom Share Video feature and the Shared Video option on the Crestron Panel (in ESJ, IRB and other select TERP classrooms, see below). Students in the classroom and remote locations could see a PowerPoint presentation or other shared content simultaneously running from the instructor PC  through Zoom and see students in the classroom via a camera image sent to Shared Video.

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How to use the technology to connect participants to content

You will bring remote participants into the physical classroom by engaging them in a Zoom room on the instructor computer and sharing in-class resources using a combination of the Zoom Share Screen options and the TERP classroom Share Video feature.

  1. Open your PowerPoint presentation, web page or other application from the classroom instructor computer (called PC). [See TurningPoint Clickers below.]
  2. Open Zoom on the instructor computer. You may open Zoom through ELMS-Canvas or through a different means, depending on your individual classroom setup.
  3. Check your speaker and microphone settings to make sure the classroom audio is synced with the Zoom meeting room. Change the "Suppress background noise" setting under Audio Settings (next to the Mute button) from "Auto" to "Low". This helps to eliminate static in the audio often heard by online participants. Instructors will only have to make this adjustment the first time they use a classroom computer. The setting will remain in "low" the next time they come back to that classroom, even after a full computer shutdown or after other users have used the computer.
  4. Select Share Screen on the Zoom toolbar. 
  5. Select a camera in the room and direct the device to Share Video.
  6. You must wear use a mic when using the Share Video feature or remote students will have difficulty hearing you. Wear the lavaliere mic as close to your mouth as possible; if you are wearing a mask, consider attaching the mic to the side of your mask.
  7. On the Crestron AV panel, share the Instructor PC screen with local (classroom) students by sending PC to local screens. Students in both locations will see everything you share on the PC screen.
  8. To stop sharing PC content, click on the Stop Share button on the Zoom toolbar.

TurningPoint Clickers

If you will be soliciting TurningPoint (clickers) audience responses during a PowerPoint presentation, you must first launch Turning on the instructor PC, and then launch your PowerPoint presentation from the TurningPoint dashboard (before launching Zoom). See Clickers/Polling Instructor Classroom Quick Guide for PowerPoint Polling for details.

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How to use the technology to connect participants to Document Camera content

  1. Turn on the Document Camera and focus it on the content you wish to present. Make sure the HDMI cable on the side of the Document Camera is plugged into the HDMI Out slot.
  2. Enter the Zoom meeting on the instructor PC.  Click on the Share Screen button in the Zoom meeting task bar, then click on the Advanced tab at the top of the window.
  3. Click on the Content from 2nd Camera option, then click on Share.
  4. On the Crestron AV panel, share the Document Camera with local (classroom) students by sending Document Camera to local screens. Students in both locations will see everything you share on the Document Camera. (Note, do NOT send Document Camera to Share Video.)
  5. To stop sharing, click on the Stop Share button on the Zoom toolbar.

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Using the technology to connect students to students and instructor

You may wish to enable remote and in-class participants to see and engage with one another. 

  1. Display the Zoom meeting room gallery of participants on a projection screen in the classroom by sending the PC source to a projection screen via the Crestron Panel.
  2. To enable remote participants to see in-class students, select a camera source (if one faces the students). In TERP Classrooms (see list below), send this source to Shared Video on the Crestron panel. 

    NOTE:
    Since the instructor computer does not have a built-in webcam, the instructor’s image in the Zoom gallery will be whatever is visible on the instructor computer desktop. So, 

  3. To project the instructor image into the Zoom gallery, select a camera source that faces the instructor.
  4. Use the Camera Device Controls to refine the focus on the instructor. In ESJ, IRB and other select TERP Classrooms (see below), send this camera source to Shared Video

You will only be able to share one camera at a time with remote students via Shared Video, or by selecting the room camera as a video source in Zoom. You will only be able to share one source to Shared Video at any given time.

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End the class

  1. End the Zoom meeting.
  2. Close any open windows on the instructor computer
  3. Log off of the instructor computer, but do not shut down.
  4. Turn off the lavaliere or handheld mic and the document camera, if you used these resources.
  5. Shut down the Crestron AV Panel by selecting the Shutdown AV System option. When you do so, the screens will automatically raise and the projectors will turn off.

To watch the process, see the Classroom Technology and Support of Synchronous Distributed Courses video.

TERP classrooms with Shared Video button

These classroom Crestron panels all feature a Shared Video button:

ESJ 0202
ESJ 0215
ESJ 0224
ESJ 1202
ESJ 1215
ESJ 1224
ESJ 1309
ESJ 2204
ESJ 2208
ESJ 2212
ESJ 2309

IRB 0318
IRB 0324
IRB 1116
IRB 1207
IRB 2107
IRB 2207

TYD 0130
ASY 2203
ARC 0204
BRB 1101
SPH 1312
CHM 1402
CHM 1407

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See also, Using Zoom to Connect Remote and In-Class Participants for Teaching and Learning in General Purpose Classrooms