Some online workshops use Zoom - the workshop organizers will say if this is needed.

  • If you attend a livestream-only workshop, you do not need Zoom.

  • If you attend a livestream workshop with Zoom exercise sessions, you need Zoom just for the breakout session part.

  • If this is a Zoom workshop everything here is needed.


We recommend that you install the Zoom client (https://zoom.us/download).

You could possibly do this only from a web browser, but for such a long session, the quality is likely to be higher with the application installed. If you use a web browser, we have noticed that Safari and Firefox don’t always work. Chrome usually does.

General hints

You should also be able to share your screen during the exercise sessions in teams, because this is the key to working together well. Remember to keep private information away from the screen you share!

Breakout sessions in teams are small and interactive, so you will be encouraged (but not forced) to use your camera. If you don’t want the physical room you’re in to be visible on the webcam, Zoom allows users to set up a virtual background.

One computer for video/chat and one for doing the exercises? You can use Zoom in a web browser (Chrome) on the exercise computer in order to share the screen, since screen sharing is very important for productivity. Have the second one join like normal, with no audio, same name (you can put “(screen)” at the end to distinguish them, and if we don’t notice ourselves, ask it to be put in the same breakout room.

Verify installation

Join one of the pre-workshop installation verification sessions. If Zoom works in any other event, it will probably work here, too.

Zoom signals and mechanics

We’ll go over this in the workshop introduction, but you could get familiar with the zoom signals we will use.