What Are The Best Practices For Video Calls? Print

Modified on: Wed, 13 Jul, 2022 at 9:47 AM


Preparing for the Call

  • Treat all video calls like you would an on-campus classes and dedicate time to study beforehand.
  • Think through the questions or comments that you’d like to make during the discussion prior to class.
  • Dress as though you are attending class; pajamas are not appropriate (sorry!).
  • Use your breaks wisely and connect with fellow students.
  • Find the balance between speaking up without dominating the conversation.

Participating in Discussion

  • Be on time (and by on time, we mean at least five minutes before class starts).
  • Mute your microphone when you are not speaking.
  • Raise your hand virtually, rather than verbally interrupting.
  • Turn your camera on if your instructor’s camera is on.
  • Look into the camera when you are speaking.
  • Aim to have two-thirds of the screen occupied by your head.
  • Pay attention and avoid multi-tasking.
  • Use the video chat functions and reflective listening to fully engage in the call.
  • Be mindful that your microphone and camera are on, even when the class ends.

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