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Participating online

Active participation enlivens the session with other voices and perspectives. We encourage you to engage with instructors and with each other.

Microphones are muted by default to improve audio quality and recording is disabled to preserve participant privacy.

The Zoom toolbar provides several ways to be part of the conversation:

Zoom toolbar

Participants window

The Participants window lists everyone in the session. Click the icons at the bottom of the window to communicate with the instructors.

Menu at bottom of participants window

Clicking an icon makes it appear next to your name in the participants list. Use this to answer yes/no questions or to raise your hand when instructors invite you to ask a question, comment, or share your screen.

Reactions menu

Newer versions of Zoom have a “Reactions” menu. Open the Reactions menu and click an icon to communicate with the instructors.

Reactions menu

Chat window

Use the Chat window to comment or ask a question at any time. Instructors will do their best to respond, sometimes waiting for a break in the lesson to do so.

The Chat window is a good place to report problems with your audio connection. Instructors may also use it to share links to material mentioned in the session.

Share your screen

In some cases instructors may invite you to share your screen. Raise your hand to indicate that you’re ready to share. When called upon click Share screen, select a window to display, and click Share.