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OLLI@SCU Online Classroom Guidelines

1. When you log into your ZOOM class, please mute your audio, if it has not already been done by the instructor. If you unmute yourself to ask a question, please put it back to mute.

2. We ask, that if you are planning on having a meal, at any time during the lecture, you turn off your video. This is very distractig to everyone in the class. Please stop eating while the lecture is going on, or make sure we can't see or hear you eating or drinking anything (other than water). The same thing applies to our face-to-face instruction.

3. Do not use the "chat" function to have a conversation with others in the class. This is for the instructor to see your questions. It is not a forum to criticize an instructor or start chatting with friends. If you have anything you would like to address regarding an instructor, save it for the class evaluation.

4. Please take note of your background. The people in the ZOOM class can see everything in your space, including but not limited to, other people walking around unaware they have no privacy with your camera on. You can avoid this by turning off your video.

5. Please be respectful to the instructor. Again, if you feel the need to multitask during a lecture, disable your video. This is new to everyone, and they are trying their best.

What is Zoom? 

Zoom is the video conferencing tool you'll use to participate in a live-streamed OLLI course. Extra bonus: ​You don't need a Zoom account to access the class​.

What equipment do I need? 

You need one of these:

  • Computer ​(desktop or laptop, Mac or Windows)

  • Smartphone ​(iPhone or Android)

  • Tablet ​(any)

    Optional equipment - not required, but nice to have:

  • Headphones with a microphone​: This will let you hear and be heard more clearly. Simple headphones you'd use with your phone will do the trick.

Click here for a 1-minute video on how to check your equipment

Once classes start, how do I join my Zoom class?

For first time users: Do this before your first class

  • Laptop and Desktop users: The first time you click on the Join Zoom Meeting link, it will download a free program to your computer. Click on the download, then follow the prompts to install the program. If you would like to download the program ahead of time, click here, then click "download" under the "Zoom Client for Meetings" subsection

  • Tablet and Smartphone users:  Download the free Zoom app from your device's app store (app you are looking for is 

Click here for a 1-minute video about joining Zoom  

For returning users:

  • Join the meeting from your computer (works best), tablet, or smartphone.

  • You will receive an email from your instructor and you can click on the meeting link or call the number indicated.  For your protection, you will receive by default an embedded password protected link that grants you access to your class, you will NOT be required to type a password, this process will prevent intruders from entering your class session.

  • Log in at least five minutes before the start of class. Attendance will be taken during each class session.

How do I join my livestream Zoom class?

For first time users: Do this before your first class

  • Laptop and Desktop users: The first time you click on the Zoom Meeting link (detailed above) it will download a free and secure program to your computer, which you then install. If you would like to download the program ahead of time, click here, then click "download" under the "Zoom Client for Meetings" subsection.
  • Tablet and Smartphone users: Download the free Zoom app from your device's app store (app you are looking for is


What if? 

Anything Else I Should Know?  

What to Expect in Your Live-Streamed Class  

If you arrive early (meaning you click the Zoom link long before the start of class), you'll get to hang out in a virtual waiting room. You will be admitted into class as soon as everything is set up and ready to go. All members will be muted in the classroom. That means, you’ll hear the instructor and only the instructor.  

Instructors have their own preferences when it comes to Q & A. Some may invite you to ask questions via the Zoom chat function. Others may ask you to raise your virtual hand. When called upon, you'll be unmuted so you can ask your question.