Zoom mechanics and controls
How to mute and unmute
In lower left corner of the client you can mute and unmute yourself:
In the main room during lectures, it is best to keep your microphone muted in the main room unless you want to say something. It’s OK to unmute and speak up.
If you are in a quiet place, it’s best to stay unmuted in breakout rooms and during active discussions. This will make discussion much smoother - a quiet environment or headset microphone helps with the flow a lot.
Please use your real name (instead of a system default username)
First, click on “Participants” (bottom, middle):
You can rename yourself by clicking the blue “Rename” next to your name that appears when you hover over the button:
A box to rename yourself appears:
Indicate in your name if you are in a team and/or if you are a helper
If you are part of a team, please indicate your team name or number
(myteam) Your Name:
If you are a helper, please indicate like
(myteam, helper) Your Name
also. The workshop might use the form
(myteam,H) Your Name instead,
check what it requests:
This makes it easier for the workshop organizers to manage breakout rooms.
Indicating your status
How to signal if you are away from keyboard
Please select the “clock” symbol if you are away or otherwise busy. You can find this under the “more” icon in at the bottom of the participants list:
How to signal when you completed a task successfully
We will sometimes ask you to signal to us once you have successfully completed an exercise or type-along step. You can do this using the green “yes” check symbol under the participant list:
How to ask a question
If you want to ask a question please use the “raise hand” symbol under participant list:
If this symbol is not present in your Zoom client, you can type “\hand” in the chat window:
How to signal a technical problem or that you got stuck
If you hit a technical problem or got stuck somewhere in an exercise or type-along, please let us know with the red “no” circle symbol:
We will then probably ask you to unmute and briefly describe the problem and then based on the problem and timing we may assign you into a separate virtual room with a helper where they can resolve the problem.
Once we have assigned you a helper we will ask you and the helper to “Join Breakout Room” (bottom right):
How to give feedback on the speed
There are also signals for go faster and go slower and with this you can indicate to us whether we should adjust the speed.
Dual monitor mode
You can set the configuration option “dual monitor mode”, which is really more like “dual window mode”: one window for screen sharing, one for the people. It might be useful even with only one screen.
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