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Classroom teaching with Zoom

What can I as a teacher think about when I teach students who are participating both remotely and physically in the classroom? Here you get tips and recommendations on how this can be carried out in KTH’s teaching facilities.

The guides and recommendations below deals mainly with the educational on how to create a good teaching climate in this situation.

Do you want to read more about technical aspects such as equipment and recommended settings, and what the relevant halls are, you can visit the page about Zoom in lecture halls (page in Swedish) .

General advice when planning classroom teaching with a web meeting

  • Take into account the recommendations of the Public Health Agency and KTH, as well as how seats in the undergraduate rooms are marked regarding distance.  

  • As far as possible, try to use a form of instruction that facilitates focusing on one channel instead of two, i.e. either remotely or in the room.  

  • If you are doing combined teaching then it is preferable to have someone with you who can assist and moderate the students who are remotely involved. Then, as a teacher, you can focus on those who are present.

  • Make sure to set aside time for questions during the seminars.  

  • Always repeat the questions so that the students in the web meeting also can hear.  

  • Students in the seminar room should also be connected to Zoom to be able to participate in the chat, polls, and other Zoom features.  

  • Make sure that all students in the seminar room have their microphones and speakers turned off in order to avoid rounding. 

General advice on different types of teaching activities

Lectures/classes/seminars

If possible, plan to have the larger lectures remotely. Lessons and seminars can be held on site with some in the classroom and some in the distance. The number of students in classrooms will be based on exam placement. The maximal numbers of people in the lecture theatres will be limited to 50. 

Group work

The students should take responsibility for how they organize themselves around group work. The teacher creates a group room in Canvas, and Zoom can be used for meetings and chatting.

Laboratory at a distance and in rooms

Contact your school for more specific instructions.

Computer rooms

Use selected places for campus teaching. The other computers are used by students at distance with RDP connection. Here is information on temporary remote access to computer labs during Covid-19 .

KTH’s teaching facilities

  • To create a more interactive seminar, for example by asking questions that students can answer through their devices, use the Polls function for mini-surveys in Zoom or the slightly more advanced digital response system Mentimeter. On this page, you can read more about how Polls work .

  • On this page, you can read more about recommendations and tips for web meetings  that can also be applied in the context of combined teaching and web meeting in Zoom.

Mentimeter – digital response tool

Mentimeter is a web-based presentation tool with a built-in digital response system that can be used for creating interactive presentations where participants, via an automatically generated code, can vote on different alternatives or enter their answers. You can choose from multiple-choice questions, open answers, image options questions, create word clouds, and more. Read more about how Mentimeter works  on this page.

If you start a Mentimeter poll and share your screen in Zoom while you have your computer connected to the projector, both students in the classroom and they who participate remotely via Zoom can see the code and can participate in the poll. To use Mentimetervisit the KTH Software Download .

Questions and Support

Contact e-learning@kth.se  or it-support@kth.se .

Here is additional information about recommendations for digital education at KTH: Concretisation of the KTH President’s Decision V-2020-0410 for the Courses and Educational Programmes at KTH during the Autumn Term 2020

Read more about Recommendations, course types and concepts for digital education at KTH  and

Flipped Classroom .

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