How to prevent ZoomBombing!
ZoomBombing is a a new form of trolling in which an outside participant, or disruptive participants, use the features of Zoom to interrupt and disrupt meetings and classes.
What can you do?
Whenever possible keep your links embedded in your LMS, rather than emailing or posting them for public view.
In addition you can restrict access by enabling a waiting room and customizing your waiting room message, restrict access to the UMS users only, or requiring a password.
You can manage your participants by limiting the chat features, ability to share content, and virtual backgrounds.
Learn how here. There is a great video that reviews all these features to help you decide the right one for your classes.
Zoom in a Snapshot
- Zoom allows for up to 300 people to join in a meeting at a time, using a computer, webcam, mobile device or phone. It will have the largest draw on bandwidth and requires a stable internet connection.
- Participants (students and faculty) can hold discussion, share content, use text based chat, share files, and break into working groups.
- Participants can turn off their webcams (to lower pull on bandwidth).
- Meetings can be recorded locally (to your own computer) or to the cloud (recommended). Recordings can be of content, speakers, participants, or a combination of all three. Recording files can get large.
- Zoom is automatically connected to Kaltura, so that your recording will be stored in your My Media account. From there your recordings can easily be published to your Blackboard course.
- Zoom is already set up in your Blackboard course as the Zoom Tool. Make your meetings there and they will be available for your students with a click of a button.
You should use Zoom when:
- Your meetings require interaction from students, such as meaningful discussions, debates, small group work.
- You are bringing in live guest speakers for your students
- Your students are engaged in work for immediate feedback from peers
- Your students are sharing content, ideas, collaborative thinking
- You are having your students break out into small group discussions
- You are holding your office hours with your students
Getting Starting With Zoom
- Login to your UMaine Zoom account by accessing the portal and selecting the Zoom icon
- Test your computer audio and video using the Zoom test meeting.
- Add your pronouns to your Zoom account.
- Schedule a meeting and practice running the meeting with host meeting controls.
- Review the meeting settings for your meetings in your Zoom account and adjust them accordingly (common in-meeting settings are listed below with more details)
- Review your recording settings in your Zoom account. If you record to the cloud, your videos will be saved temporarily on the Zoom server, and permanently in your Kaltura My Media Library.
- Schedule a meeting for your class using the built in Zoom link in Blackboard.
- Schedule a meeting for your class through your Zoom account, and add the link to your Blackboard course (required for pre-configured breakout rooms).
- Set up your powerpoint as an individual window for your Zoom meeting.
Learn more about the tools available in a Zoom meeting. Many of these are controlled by your in-meeting settings on your Zoom account page accessed through the Portal
Polling – informal Q/A during a meeting like clickers
Breakout Rooms – breaking students into small collaborative working groups
Chat – allowing for text based information during a class
Sharing a Screen – share any application on your computer, or share certain attached devices (see below)
Sharing an attached camera – attach a webcam and share that view like a remote doc cam.
Whiteboard – use the built in white board as a place to write/collaborate
Annotation – have your students annotate shared material in real time
Using the Waiting Room – allow your students entry one at a time, or place them in a waiting room (e.g., during office hours).
Transcription of meetings – attach a transcript for your meeting (remember those of you using Kaltura, this will be done automatically).
Non-verbal Feedback: allow your students to use digital hand raising, claps and other emojis
Virtual Backgrounds: select a background for your meetings (some conditions apply)
Generating Meeting Reports for Registration and Polling: see how your students answered polling questions.
Recording: recording options on Zoom
Attendee Attention Tracking: allows you to see if a participants window is active while sharing content.
What do I tell my students on Zoom?
Provide clear expectations for your students about how your synchronous web-based meeting (e.g., Zoom) will be used. Below are some suggestions for “Zetiquette” in your course.
- If you haven’t used Zoom before click the link to download Zoom prior to the day of the meeting and familiarize yourself with any features you may need to use on the day – mute/unmute microphone, stop/start video, screenshare etc. You can test your equipment here.
- Join early – up to 5 minutes before the meeting start time this way you can tackle any technical issue before we start the meeting.
- Treat this meeting respectfully, I expect professionalism.
- Please have your video on unless you are experiencing connection issues
- Find a quiet space without interruptions / background noise
- Have a plain background and avoid backlight (e.g., from bright windows)
- Have good lighting on your face so you can be seen clearly
- Adjust your camera to be at around eye level if possible – especially take note of the angle of your laptop screen if using the built-in camera.
- Mute your microphone when not talking
- Be aware you are on camera and try to avoid doing other tasks, checking emails, looking at your phone etc.
- Remember our classes are being recorded.
Zoom’s Tips and Tricks for Virtual Lessons
For your first class, set aside some time to introduce your students to Zoom and ensure that they’re able to connect their audio and video.
Give an agenda or plan for each class by Screen Sharing a document or slide at the beginning of class.
This gives students a clear idea of how the class will progress, what will be covered, and the activities they’ll engage in.
Discuss online etiquette and expectations of the students in your first virtual class and periodically revisit the topics.
Look at the camera, put the camera slightly above eye level, smile.
Utilize the Whiteboard or Annotate a shared document and let your students engage as well. When sharing a whiteboard, document, screen, or image, try whiteboarding math problems or have a student use annotation to highlight items such as grammar mistakes in a paper you’re sharing.
Take time to promote questions, comments, and reactions from your class. Give a minute to allow your students to utilize reactions, write their questions in chat, or be unmuted to ask their questions live.
Divide into smaller groups for a discussion on a certain topic. You can use Zoom’s Breakout Room feature to either pre-assign or auto-assign students into groups for a short period of time so they may discuss things together.
Have students be the presenter and share projects with the class. This allows your students to show what they’re working on while practicing their presentation skills. It also allows students to hear from one another.