Moderate discussion, i.e., “call on” a student with a comment to speak, to help them break into the conversation.
Assign designated, revolving students or an Assistant in Instruction to moderate the chat and make sure that important questions and comments are addressed.
Use the individual chat to troubleshoot technical problems. For example, if a student is having trouble connecting via audio or video. This may, again, be an opportunity to assign a student or Assistant in Instruction to a special role, especially if you have students eager to help on the technical aspect of things.
You also have the capability to turn off private chats between students.
When you record your Zoom class, the chat box is also recorded, including private chats that you have with individuals students (but not private chats among them).
Use Zoom Breakout Rooms to help students talk in smaller groups (just as they would do break-out groups in a larger class environment). See Managing Video Breakout Rooms.
Use interactive features via Zoom or Box to do live class activities.
Consider making discussion questions available in advance in Canvas, etc. so that students can access the questions if screen sharing does not work. Box is a great option, as well as emailing students a Canvas announcement in advance of the synchronous class session. If sharing slides in advance to Canvas, share as PDFs, as students will be able to access the material on their phones.
Always provide an archived recording. To accommodate students joining us from other time zones and with varying degrees of connectivity and/or accessibility needs, please record your synchronous session to share after the meeting. These should be recorded to the cloud so that they can then be stored using Kaltura within your Canvas course.