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This Week in the LEC: Using Zoom to Facilitate Instructional Approaches, BlendFlex Training, Zoom News, Faculty Spotlight Request and More

Issue Date: 11-16-2020

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Using Zoom to Facilitate Instructional Approaches 

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 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.  

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December BlendFlex Training Opportunity

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BlendFlex training opportunity available for the month of November and December! 

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 16th, 2020 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 

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

December 3rd, 2020 9:30am – 11:00 am 

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

December 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. 

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Register for the BlendFlex Training Self-Paced Course

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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.

Zoom News

Zoom News

This week Zoom has a planned update that will introduce three key features impacting the classroom. The first feature is the ability to share multiple programs at once. This will allow faculty members to share multiple programs at the same time rather than sharing their full screen. This will prevent the need to start and stop sharing just to switch applications that are shared.

The pending update also will allow the Pinning of chat messages which is perfect for keeping a prominent message front and center for all chat visitors to see. This could be used to pin ground rules for use of the chat or for keeping the details of a task or a link visible for all students to see.

The third upcoming feature impacting the classroom will allow you to suspend all participant activity including video, audio, and screen sharing. This could be useful in a situation where you quickly need to get control of the classroom environment.

As always, keep your Zoom Software up to date as many of these features only work with the latest updated version of software. Details about the updated features can be found below and on the Zoom site. 

New and enhanced features

  • Meeting/webinar features
    • Share multiple programs at once
      Users can select multiple desktop programs at once for sharing, instead of sharing their entire desktop. Other programs and unoccupied areas in the desktop will not be visible to the viewer. The sharer will always know which applications they are sharing by an extensible green border. Only the user employing this feature will need to be on version 5.4.3, viewers can be connected with older versions.
  • Meeting features
    • Enhanced in-meeting user abuse reporting
      Simplified process for meeting hosts and attendees to report abuse to Zoom.
    • Suspend participant activity
      New option in the Security panel to immediately suspend all participant activities, which will mute all video and audio, stop screen sharing, end all breakout rooms, and pause recording.
  • Chat features
    • Pin chat messages
      Users can pin a message in a channel, which is displayed at the top of the channel. Pins can be removed, replaced, or hidden. A log of pinned messages is accessible in the channel options panel.

Faculty Spotlight: The LEC Needs Your Input!

Faculty Spotlight

Do you know an NSU Faculty Member who is an online superstar! We are looking to Spotlight faculty members who could teach us all something new. Did you or a colleague do something in your class that worked really well that you would be willing to share? Let us know by sending us an email to

Introducing SharkNotes – 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 preferred 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!”

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

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LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Resources

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As finals approach, here are a few helpful resources:

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:

 Universal Design Workshop

Universal Design Workshop – Dr. Jennifer Wilson & Dr. Judith Slapak-Barski

This workshop and additional video assets are all available in the LEC Faculty Development Channel.

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 assistance through ServiceNow

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