Online Learning Etiquette

Be prepared

  • Test all technology (including camera/video, Wi-Fi, and screen sharing) before the class meeting.
  • Read the expectations for class for the given day and come prepared.

Be aware of your surroundings

  • Find the quietest space you can for your Zoom meetings.
  • Turn off all notifications and make sure your cell phone is on silent.
  • Do not have an animated or otherwise distracting/offensive virtual background.
  • Eliminate visual distractions in the frame of your camera if your background is live.

Be aware of yourself

  • Be sure you are visible on camera with adequate lighting. You should be seated during a Zoom meeting, not reclining or pacing the room.
  • Mute your audio to start the meeting and when you are not speaking.
  • Be presentable in your clothing—no pajamas. If you need to turn off your video, please reach out to the instructor before the class meeting.
  • If you need to leave the meeting briefly, mute your audio and video.

Be courteous

  • Don’t stare at your phone, your tablet or anything else while other people are presenting.
  • Don’t work on other tasks (like checking email, watching streaming services) during the virtual meeting.
  • Try not to interrupt other people when they’re speaking. Use the hand raise function or raise your hand on camera.
  • Limit informal private chat with others in the class during the meeting.
  • Avoid eating during meetings unless the instructor has specifically encouraged this.