UW Continuum College Instructor Resources

Zoom: Best Practices


Video, Audio, and Screen Sharing

  • Unless your background is highly inappropriate or distracting, turn on your video and encourage students to do the same.
    • Video is crucial in building trust and engagement in virtual communications.
  • Try to eliminate any background noise, and close blinds/curtains behind you. If you are at home, make sure everyone is aware the camera is on where you are.
  • Avoid back-lighting! Keep lighting sources in front of you, so that your face is lit.
  • Adjust your camera if it is too low or high. Your camera should be at eye level.
  • Muting your participants (particularly as default upon entry) is always a good way to avoid background noise.
    • Participants can always unmute themselves when they are ready to talk.
  • If you are expecting more than 25 participants, consider using Gallery View to see 25 participants at a time.
  • When sharing a screen, try to avoid sharing your whole desktop. Share only the specific application (e.g. PowerPoint).

Student Success

  • Provide your students with your Meeting URL in an easy to access place, such as on the Canvas course website.
  • Record your meetings to the Zoom Cloud for increased flexibility and reliability.
    • Upload your recordings to Canvas to provide students with the best level of access.