Zoom Policies and Etiquette

  • Leave your video on throughout the session. If you would rather that other students do not see your living space, you may use a Zoom virtual background. If you have another reason for not wishing your camera to be on, please contact Dr. Butler (jbutler@ua.edu).
  • Mute your audio, unless you have the floor to speak.
  • We'll rely on Zoom's hand-raising function or placing your hand on your head to request the floor--so that participants don't talk over one another.
  • Find a quiet spot for your Zoom session, one where pets and fellow residents (roommates, family members, et al.) are not likely to interrupt. Poolside or while you're driving are not judicious choices.
  • Try disabling Zoom's "self view" so that you don't look at an image of yourself during the class session. You may find it makes you feel less self-conscious and eases your participation in class discussions.
  • Open your Zoom app 5-10 minutes before class time so that you're not rushed and you don't risk being late. Each class session will be available at least 15 minutes before class time.
  • The formal part of the class, from 2:00 to 3:15, will be recorded and made available on the BUI 301-009 Blackboard site. This enables students who have missed a class to see what was discussed. It also means that you should think before you speak, because there will be a recording of your comments. But then, you do that anyway.
    • In lawyer-speak: "If a student participates in recorded online class sessions with their camera engaged, or utilizes a profile image, they are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If a student is unwilling to consent to have their profile or video image recorded, it's their responsibility to keep their camera off and to not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute their audio input during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If students are not willing to consent to have their voices recorded during class, they must keep their mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. All recorded lectures, presentations, and class discussions are for viewing by members of this class section only, and may not be posted in any public forum or shared with anyone not enrolled in this class. Any student violating these rules may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action."
  • Only Dr. Butler is permitted to audio- or video-record our class sessions--unless a student has a specific accommodation to do so from the Office of Disability Services.
    • More lawyer-speak: "without prior approval from the instructor of this course, students may not record course content and/or post course content publicly, including on social media sites. Students who record and/or post course content without instructor approval may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action."
  • The class Zoom sessions will remain open after class is over--for free discussion among students. This part of the Zoom session will not be recorded. Dr. Butler will remain "in" the room, because, as the host, if he leaves, the session will close; but he will turn off his computer speakers. (But you never do know when he might drop in again...)
  • Finally, we all know that technical glitches will happen. And so I echo the words of Dr. Whiting when he called for "equanimity, good humor, and concern for the other fellow's predicament" as we navigate through this very unusual semester.

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