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This Week In The LEC: Shark Notes - 8 ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching, Using Zoom to Facilitate Inst. Approaches and more

Issue Date: 11-09-2020


Introducing Shark Notes - Sharing Articles that You Will Want to Read

Hi, Sharks!  We’re kicking off a new addition to our LEC weekly newsletter.  Shark Notes is a brief summary of article highlights that you may find helpful.  Whenever we read an article we’d like to share, we’ll provide the link in our newsletter.  Since you probably get quite a few suggested articles coming from colleagues, external companies, and so on, you can first read the Shark Notes to help decide whether you want to read further.  Check out our first article recommendation along with the accompanying Shark Notes.  We promise, there will not be a quiz!


8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching


Many faculty have had to jump into virtual classrooms with little or no prior experience in running synchronous sessions effectively.  Applying the principles of inclusive teaching can have a profound, positive impact on reaching diverse learners who are also adjusting to new environments, especially in Zoom.  These eight suggestions will help you reach students and keep them engaged during your Zoom sessions. 


  • Have students edit their names in Zoom to names or nicknames they prefer to be called.
  • Set Zoom ground rules and let students know what they should and shouldn’t do.
  • Encourage students to use the Zoom tools to interact, such as the Zoom symbols and chat tool.
  • Start all your sessions off with structure, such as asking students an open-ended question and having them respond in the chat.
  • Implement regular signals to students that indicate sessions will end, such as having students share a comment in the chat at the end of every session.
  • Use breakout rooms to encourage participation and provide clear instructions on what students should accomplish.
  • Don’t forget about asynchronous learning opportunities. Record your Zoom sessions and make them available to students.
  • Foster a learning community. Let your students know that “we are in this together!”


Viewing the article may require Free Registration using your NSU email to access the Site License through the NSU Library. 

Hogan, K., & Sathy, V. (2020, July 23). 8 Ways to Be More Inclusive in Your Zoom Teaching. Retrieved November 05, 2020, from


Additional Dates - Using Zoom to Facilitate Instructional Approaches 

Using Zoom to Facilitate Instructional Approaches, Description in Text below

Facilitator: Marti M. Snyder, Ph.D., Director of Faculty Professional Development, NSU Learning and Educational Center | Office of Academic Affairs 

The purpose of this session is to discuss how Zoom can be used to facilitate various instructional approaches (e.g., lecture, demonstration, retrieval practice, role play, think tank/brainstorm, quiet meetings, and Socratic dialogue). An overview of selected approaches will be presented followed by strategies for using Zoom features to facilitate the approach.   

Pre-registration is required. There is a 30-participant limit for each day. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

Learning Objectives: 
Participants will:  

  1. Identify and describe various types of instructional approaches that they can use in their teaching  
  2. Apply Zoom tools and techniques to facilitate these instructional methods 

Thursday November 12th, 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

To Register for this course visit -  select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.  


Thursday November 19th, 2020 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

To Register for this course visit - select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.  


Friday December 4th, 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

To Register for this course visit - select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.  


Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

To Register for this course visit - select Traincaster, log in, and then click on Classroom Schedule.  

To browse other course offerings visit 

“Learning with the LEC”: Introduction to Poll Everywhere 

 Poll Everywhere Screen Shot

Check out our latest video on Poll Everywhere. The third video of the "Learning with the LEC" series introduces a tool that can be used to engage synchronous students both online and face to face. 

November BlendFlex Training Opportunities

BlendFlex training opportunities available for the month of November! 

Register for a BlendFlex interactive training session and learn how to deliver face-to-face and online learning experiences simultaneously.  After this mandatory online faculty training, you will be able to do the following:   

  • Discuss the BlendFlex Model for teaching and learning at NSU.  
  • Identify technology and software components of BlendFlex classrooms.  
  • Implement the BlendFlex Model to deliver content, engage, and assess students.  
  • Identify best practices of teaching in the BlendFlex Model.  

We look forward to seeing you online! 

November 11th, 2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am 

To Register for this course visit –, select TrainCaster, login, and then click on Classroom Schedule. 

November 16th, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

To Register for this course visit –, select TrainCaster, login, and then click on Classroom Schedule. 


For Instructions about registration through TrainCaster check out this document or the video linked below.

Register for the New BlendFlex Training Self-Paced Course

 Self Paced BlendFlex Banner

The Learning and Educational Center (LEC) is pleased to announce the release of the new Self-Paced “Teaching in the BlendFlex Model” online training.  The asynchronous course consists of four modules and should take approximately 90 minutes to complete.  Take a look at our site for more information on the BlendFlex Self-Paced Course. 

Tips from OIIT on BlendFlex Classroom Technology 

In support of the BlendFlex model and the Return of the Sharks in our new “normal”, classrooms have been enhanced with additional video technology capabilities.  The podium computers have cameras connected to facilitate video conferencing and Zoom related activities. Below are some tips to follow for the new podium equipment to prevent improper handling of the equipment: 

Podium Computer Tips 

  • Do not re-locate the cameras on the podium.  They have been set for maximum coverage of the instructor and classroom. 
  • Do not disconnect any of the camera equipment located at the podium 
  • Do not move the podium 
  • Do not wipe the touch screens or touch panels with any type of Clorox, alcohol, or moist cloth (this will ruin the display).  OIIT and Facilities will clean the equipment. 
  • Leave all materials, instructions, and remote controls at the podium when your class is over. 
  • Sign out of Computer to maintain your account security. 

live tech chat icon

On each podium you will notice an icon titled "Live Tech Chat" (pictured above). This icon can be used to quickly get assistance with in-classroom technology. Alternatively, you can contact Desktop Support at 954-262-0070.

Faculty Development Channel on Sharkmedia

Through our partnerships with various colleges and departments, there have been several valuable workshops that were held which you may not have been able to attend. Check out our SharkMedia Channel to see recordings of past workshops such as: 

Faculty Development Channel


These workshops and additional video assets are all available in the LEC Faculty Development Channel.

Remote Technical Help

Faculty and Staff who need assistance, please feel free to contact NSU Support:

Email to

Faculty & Staff Support Hotline at 954-262-0070 

Submit a ticket for technical assistance through Service Manager.

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