“We’ve come up against the tallest of challenges, and we have never backed down. This time is no different.”
— Ole Miss Sports (Source: @OleMissRebels video)
Q: Is the Office of Admissions open?
A: The Office of Admissions has canceled all campus tours until further notice. Check out our virtual campus tour and let a few of our students show you around the Flagship.
Admissions will be open during this time, and staff is prepared to answer any university-related questions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-915-7226. Additionally, you can sign-up online to join a virtual information session hosted by the Admissions staff each weekday at 1:15 p.m.Bonus Content
Be sure to check out Zoom 101 tips in the “Other Things To Know” section at the end of this newsletter.
The UM COVID-19 Info Line is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to answer your questions. Call 662-915-3600.
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Improving Your Zoom Experience
There are a few things you can try if you’re just not getting the connection speeds promised by your Internet service provider (assuming that you have the necessary bandwidth). If you are on Wi-fi, try moving to a location closer to the router. If that doesn’t help, consider connecting directly to the router with an ethernet cable. A wired connection should provide your peak network speed. Get more info on Keep Teaching.
Remote Teaching Tips and Resources
Zoom Drop-in Sessions, Daily March 25-27
- 9 a.m. – Proctorio Intro: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/755066059
- 10 a.m. – General Teaching Support: https://zoom.us/j/688917651
- 12 p.m. – Accommodations & Accessibility for Educators: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/241701930 (Meeting ID: 241 701 930)
- 1 p.m. – Blackboard Office Hours: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/995909765
- 2 p.m. – Assignment Design: https://zoom.us/j/557359975
- 3 p.m. – Proctorio Setup Help: https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/556634913
Other Things to Know
- The mute button is your friend. If your environment is noisy, or if you just need to eat a snack without bothering anyone, mute yourself with the microphone icon in the lower left corner of the Zoom screen. Just be sure to click it on again when you need to speak. Meeting hosts can also politely request that meeting attendees use this function.
- Bonus tip 1: When muted, holding down the space bar to speak will temporarily unmute you.
- Bonus tip 2: If you want to always join meetings on mute, check that option under Preferences > Audio.
- Same goes for video. Although seeing each other in regular meetings can be a comforting way to connect, if you need to turn your video off, click the “Stop Video” button on the bottom of the Zoom window. For larger groups, keeping your video feed off can free up bandwidth.
- Screen share with care! Be sure to carefully review your entire screen before you share it with your group.
- Trying to hide a messy room? Want to add a little levity? Try a virtual background! Check your Zoom preferences for default options, or upload your own. (Optional addition: Check this article for some virtual background inspiration.)
- You can also record messages or lectures with Zoom using the “Record” button at the bottom of your Zoom screen. This can be helpful for anyone who has to miss an important meeting.
- Secure your meeting by only sharing your meeting link and personal meeting ID with participants. You can also use the “waiting room” feature to control who enters the meeting. Read more about Zoom’s security guidelines here.
- Lastly, please be sensitive to everyone’s individual situations. Internet connection, home environment and personal concerns will vary greatly. If someone seems to be struggling with Zoom, reach out to them outside of the meeting to see if they need anything.
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- Zoom 101: Manage Participants (In-depth)
- How to use Breakout Rooms
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- Comprehensive Guide to EducatingThrough Zoom
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