Zoom Resources

Here are some resources we have put together for using Zoom.  Resources from VCU are found at go.vcu.edu/zoom.

Here is a brief video overview.


Local Resources

Here are some posts with resources we’ve put together for this transition.

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- Over 40 faculty and students participated in an online Zoom symposium the afternoon of May 12.  The Mountain Creeks to Metro Canals symposium was created to support students that planned to share their research at the River Management Training Symposium originally scheduled for May 2020 and postponed to the following year due to COVID-19. Eight students presented at the event, hosted by VCU Center for Environmental Studies (CES) in collaboration with Northern Arizona University (NAU) and the River Management Society (RMS). Katie Schmidt, (M.S.’20/CES) was the moderator and a presenter. Presentations included: Jack Ryan (VCU) Assessing the feasibility of freshwater mussel restoration in urban and non-urban streams of Central Virginia Rachel Henderson  (VCU) - Microbial Source Tracking of Fecal Contamination in the James River Ryland Stunkle (VCU) - Flood modeling of riverine rock pools using an unmanned aerial vehicle Richie Dang (VCU) Identifying drivers of ecosystem production and respiration in riverine rock pools Andrew Davidson (VCU) Predicting warming’s impacts on mosquito control by larval predators Riley Swanson (NAU) Assessing Groundwater Resources in the Colorado River Basin: Quantifying Base Flow in the Greater Grand Canyon Region James Major (NAU) Utilizing Extant Conservation Policy to Fill Identified Gaps in Riverine Protected Areas Katie Schmidt (VCU) Let it Flow: Restoring Dry River Reaches in the Southeast Questions were posed after each presentation, and a panel discussion ensued at the conclusion. The full YouTube playlist of presentations can be found here. Five of the students – Stunkle, Dang, Schmidt from VCU and Swanson and Major from NAU – completed their Rivers Studies Leadership Certificate requirements with this presentation A surprise addition to the agenda came from Risa Shimoda, executive director of RMS, with the presentation of the Outstanding Contribution to River Management Society award to James Vonesh, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant director of… Read More
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Uploading Videos to your YouTube - So a lot of what we are needing to do involves providing online video content to our students. Independent of how the video is recorded (Zoom, Blackboard Collaborate, Google Meet, Facebook, etc.), we will need to eventually upload it somewhere so the students can get access to it. As part of your @vcu.edu email account, you also have your own private YouTube channel! Congratulations, you are an internetainer... To access your account, log into your email and then select the application menu from the upper right corner of the screen.  Scroll down a bit and select YouTube. This will open your own Channel.  In the upper right corner, there is an icon of a camera, if you select it, it will give you the option to upload a video. Follow the dialog box and grab your video that was saved to your machine.  In this example, it was the video of our Virtual Faculty Meeting.  Once you select the video, it will give you several options including: Giving the video a name and description. Adding the video to a PlayList.  What I find helpful is to make a playlist for each class (e.g., ENVS 222 ePortfolios, ENVS 543 Data Literacy, etc.).  This allows you to group videos together under a single playlist for students. Set the visibility of the video, which determines who can see it.  By default, all videos are Private.  However, for our purposes, we typically want to share videos with a subset of individuals.  If you select Unlisted, this allows you to grab the address of the video and share it with your students but it will not be accessible to anyone who does not have the link.  If you want it to be available globally, select Public and people searching Google & YouTube will be able to find it based upon… Read More
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ZOOM within Blackboard - ZOOM is one of the tools you can access from within Blackboard, as an on-line synchronous communication tool (e.g., real-time interactions and discussions).  By default, Zoom is installed within your blackboard classroom and here is a short overview of how to get it up-and-running. Log into your class at blackboard.vcu.edu. Zoom is deployed through the normal content system as a "Tool" option.  In the examples that follow, I'm using my ENVS543 class wherein I have content for each lecture as items under "Course Documents". To schedule a Zoom session in Blackboard, add a new Tool to your content.   Zoom is located under the "Tools -> More Tools" menu item. This will create an item in your content folder, just like other ones, where you can put a Title, Description, and Dates on it, and it will show up as normal.  When students click a Zoom page will open up and you can proceed as normal. Read More
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