There are a few ways that you can start your webinar.
Sign in to the Zoom web portal and click Webinars. Find the webinar, and click Start.
In the Zoom client, click on the Meetings tab. Find the webinar, and click Start.
Click on the link displayed on your calendar reminder. Make sure that you are logged into your Zoom account before clicking the link.
If you start the webinar ahead of time, the webinar will start in practice mode allowing you to set up before participants can join. When you are ready to go, click Broadcast to start the webinar and allow the attendees to join.
Zoom webinars have interactive tools to allow you to better engage with your audience.
Chat - The chat feature allows webinar attendees, the host, co-hosts and panelists to communicate for the duration of the webinar. Attendees may use this facility to ask technical questions.
Raise hand - The raise hand feature in allows attendees to indicate that they need something from the host or panellists.
Polls – The polling feature allows you to create up to 25 single choice or multiple choice polling questions for your webinar. You will be able to launch the poll during your webinar and gather the responses from your attendees.
Q&A - The Question & Answer (Q&A) feature for webinars allows attendees to ask questions during the webinar and for the panelists, co-hosts and host to answer their questions.
Rehearse before the main event even if it’s a test run to familiarise yourself with the software and its tools.
Have a co-host on hand to help. A co-host can act as the moderator and help answer questions and chats from attendees regarding potential technical issues leaving you free to deliver learning to students with fewer interruptions.
Keep checking in if there is a period of silence while waiting for attendees to join. Letting your attendees know you are waiting an extra two minutes for people to join will cut down on queries like ‘Has the webinar started?’ and ‘I can’t hear anything’.
Do some housekeeping at the beginning. Let attendees know what tools you will be using, how to ask questions and to use the chat facility if they have technical difficulties. Also let them know if you will answer questions throughout, or have a Q&A session at the end.
Webinar training taught by the University
As part of the University’s plans to roll out online/blended learning, we are offering training in the use of the Zoom web-conferencing tool for teaching. Find out more.