Synchronous Learning

Some of your courses may meet for live discussion on Zoom. If you are within a 3-hour time difference from Durham and your broadband access allows, you should plan to attend these meetings. These online meetings provide opportunities to learn from and interact with your instructor and peers, and help establish a sense of normalcy and personal connection in the midst of significant change.

Tips for using Zoom

Zoom is the recommended tool at Duke for holding live class sessions and online instructor office hours. As you engage in live discussions, please keep the following suggestions in mind to ensure the best learning experience for you and your peers:

  • Use your video camera unless your internet bandwidth is poor. 
  • Use a headset with built in microphone rather than your laptop’s speakers and microphone. If that is not possible, attend class from a quiet location.
  • Mute your microphone when not speaking.
  •  When appropriate, make use of Zoom-specific features, including:
    • Non-verbal feedback options, which allow you to respond with quick signals to your instructor’s questions (thumbs up/down, yes/no, etc.).
    • Break-out rooms for small group work.
  • Zoom has the ability to provide live closed captioning. If you are not seeing this, and but would like to see this feature enabled, please feel free to reach out to your instructor.

Please note that Zoom does have options to record. However, the Duke Policy on Intellectual Property Rights states that “recording of lectures may only be done with the permission of the instructor presenting the lecture.” Additionally, the policy limits what students may do with such recordings: “Student recording of lectures, when permitted by the instructor, shall be for private study only. Such recordings shall not be distributed to anyone else without authorization by the instructor whose lecture has been recorded…Unauthorized distribution is a cause for disciplinary action by the Judicial Board.”

In short, you may not share recordings outside your class, nor should you record sessions without instructor permission. To do so violates Duke policies.