Teaching via Zoom

Below are some tips and advice for teachers about what can be good to think about and do when teaching with the Zoom digital meeting service.


  • Remind the participants/students to use a headset with microphone or headphones from their phone, for example, during the meeting, as there can sometimes be disturbing background noise, or echo and audio feedback. It somewhat depends on what type of computer one uses, but the safest thing is that everyone has headphones.
  • Those who do not speak should click the "mute" button (little microphone in the bottom left corner).
  •  If a lecture is to be given, it may be wise to use the "mute all" button that you find by going down with the pointer in the field at the bottom of the Zoom box and clicking on "participants". When you want to accept questions, you can click "unmute all" or alternatively ask the participants to actively click "unmute" on the microphone icon.


  • Almost all computers have a built-in video camera on the screen, so please use it. But, of course, an external camera is also good.
  • It is nice to see each other when teaching. Ask participants to turn on their video (click the video icon in the lower left corner). However, if someone has a very slow internet connection, it may be wise for that person to have only sound on.
  • It can be smart to set up your mobile phone on a tripod and aim at yourself so you don't have to position yourself to the computer's webcam, which is much less flexible (not just regarding audio).
  • If several people are sitting in one place, such as for a seminar in a meeting room or lecture hall, it is best to have a camera that shows the entire room and one or more external microphones that record sound from the entire room if you are having discussions.


  • Start your Zoom based instruction by explaining the agenda and structure to the participants. Describe how you should communicate and collaborate, and what functions you will use.
  • Feel free to ask someone to monitor the chat section. If you are two teachers for the course, it is ideal if one is active in the chat section, where students can ask questions during the time. The chat can also be used deliberately by the teacher, for example, to ask students to submit questions.
  • You can share links and files in the chat section.
  •  Students can create their own meetings in Zoom by using their Umu-Id user account.

Presentations — lectures

  • If you are using Powerpoint, share your screen and insert the presentation into presentation mode. Otherwise, the speaker view will be displayed.
  • When you share your screen, your students' entire screen will be covered by your screen. If they also want to be able to see, for example, a document they are writing in, simply ask them to press the escape button on their computer.
  • As a host for a Zoom meeting, you can use more features than your e-meeting participants.
  • If you want to record the meeting/lecture, click "record". A small red dot then pops up on everyone's screens so they know it is being recorded.

Audio in lecture rooms

  • If you are sitting at your computer, use a headset to communicate with students as usual. If you are in a lecture room or for any other reason, you are at a distance from your computer, you will experience problems with the sound. The built-in microphone on the computer is not sufficient. One way to solve this is to create a separate, and private, Zoom account in your mobile phone and participate in the meeting with that account as well. Then you have the opportunity to use your regular headset for a mobile phone and attend the meeting with two profiles at the same time. Another benefit is that you can see what you do for someone who does not host the meeting.
  • If you have your mobile phone placed on a tripod and have a wireless headset for your mobile phone, you can also use the phone camera to complement the webcam you have on your computer so that more viewpoints of the room are displayed in the Zoom meeting.
  • You can conduct a Zoom meeting from the board in a lecture room. You can do this if you have students present in the room but want to allow students who were not able to attend in person to participate. If the lecture is completely online, you may still want to start the meeting with a lecture and that for some reason think it is better having access to whiteboard so that you can move more freely during your lecture.
  • If you want to get even better sound quality for your own speech, for instance if you record a lecture via a mobile phone, there are very good and inexpensive microphones to purchase through the university's procured suppliers.

Student activation

  • To create activating elements in a lecture, such as interchanging small groups or longer group discussions on questions, you can divide the participants into so-called "breakout-rooms". You can choose whether you want the Zoom programme to randomly automatically put people into the 'group rooms' or if you want to do it manually. You simply tap on the icon that looks like a four-part window at the bottom of the toolbar and then select the number of rooms and how many students/participants there should be in each room. Under "options" on "breakout-rooms" you can click how long the group work will last. When there are two minutes left, all groups will get a clock that counts down how much time is remaining. When the time is up, everyone is thrown back into the "big" room.
  • On the arrow in the middle of the toolbar at the bottom of the Zoom panel, you can choose whether you want only one or more students/participants to be able to share their screen simultaneously, for example, if they have done group work that they want them to report simultaneously, or worked together to solve any problem.
  • Another way to have students/participants report their work is to let them solve tasks to which they respond via, for example, Mentimeter. Then just share the link and code to your specific questions. You can then show the answers by sharing your screen.
  • Another way to capture student discussions can be through Teams in Office 365 or Google docs.

For students - guide to zoom

This is a guide to download or link to and distribute to your students. The guide is also available in Swedish, just change the language on this page and you will find it.

Zoom for students

Hanna Karlsson