Teaching in the Age of Zoom

As we return to the classroom in the Fall, teaching from the classroom will for the most part look and feel like it did pre-COVID.

While we will be using Zoom to connect between classrooms in San Antonio and Austin, these will be basically meetings between two rooms. The Zoom meeting information will not be shared with faculty or participants.

This means that the Zoom features that you have used while teaching remotely will not be enabled. You will not have polling features, breakout rooms, chat, or any other Zoom-enabled features as these are not conducive to a live, in person class where students are actively engaged.  

Suggested Tools for In-Person Teaching

  • If you've been using Zoom polling, consider using UT Instapoll
  • If you've been using Zoom breakout rooms, consider using Google Docs (or similar collaboration tools)
  • If you've been using Zoom chat, have students use classroom microphones




Teaching in a Zoom Classroom

Many College of Pharmacy classrooms are equipped with Zoom-integrated technology.  Visit our Teaching in a Video Classroom page for detailed guidance on conducting Zoom meetings in these classrooms.

Using Zoom in a Video Classroom

Where to Find Your Zoom Host Key

Knowing your Zoom host key can be important for joining your own, self-scheduled meetings in classrooms.  Your host key should always be kept private to prevent 'Zoom-bombing' and other security issues.

Zoom Host Key Instructions

Managing Zoom Breakout Rooms

Breakout rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 separate sessions. The meeting host or co-host can choose to split the participants of the meeting into these separate sessions automatically or manually, or they can allow participants to select and enter breakout sessions as they please. The host or co-host can switch between sessions at any time. 

Managing Breakout Rooms

Pre-assigning Zoom Breakroom Participants

As a meeting host, you can split your meeting participants into breakout rooms when scheduling the meeting. This can be useful if you already know how you want to split up your participants.

Instructions from Zoom

Breakout Participant Template (csv)

Featured: Using Zoom for Virtual Events

Your Ultimate Guide to Planning & Hosting Virtual Events

Online and hybrid events can provide greater flexibility to reach more people in new ways.

Use Zoom's step-by-step guide to plan and execute a successful virtual event of any size or scale.

College of Pharmacy Zoom FAQs

Do you have more questions about Zoom?

If you have additional questions about Zoom, check out our FAQ document.  The questions and answers have been curated specifically for College of Pharmacy audiences.

Audio and Video Best Practices

Would you like to improve the virtual meeting experience for yourself and others?

Implementing audio and video best practices can go a long way in making virtual instruction seamless and polished.  The suggestions in this document are beneficial for both instructors and learners in any virtual platform.